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Research Methods

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This module introduces students to ideas and debates from key areas of social science research methods.

The main uses, benefits and drawbacks of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods are outlined and explained. To bring theory and research together, topics are explained through a key piece of research.

Among the topics explored are:

  • crime and criminology and crime statistics
  • health and randomised control trials (RCT)
  • social psychology and behavioural studies
  • gender and identity and visual studies
  • globalisation
  • and the use of social media in social science research.

This is an optional module in Social Studies and for the Pathway to Healthcare.

Note: This course is open to all, no previous qualifications are necessary.

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.

The assessment for this course is a portfolio of assessed tasks.

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.


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