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Research Methods

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This module introduces you to the practical and theoretical contexts of undertaking research in the social sciences.

The benefits and limitations of using quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods are outlined alongside a consideration of research ethics. Key ideas are illustrated by numerous examples of how to design and undertake research.

This is also an optional module in the Pathway to a degree in Healthcare.

Learning and teaching

Tutor-led classroom sessions, student-led seminars.

Your learning and teaching for this module is underpinned by self-directed study.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

As part of your study you will have formal assessments. These will take the form of a portfolio of research methods tasks. Your assessments are designed to prepare you for further study in a degree setting.

Reading suggestions

Provided by the tutor on the university Virtual Learning Environment.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.