Skills for Knowledge Enquiry

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP001
  • Start date 10 Sep 2018
  • Application deadline8 Jul 2018
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 20
  • Fees £612
  • Study mode Part-time, Full-time

Module overview

Do you want to explore power, social and health inequalities and their relevance to health research past and present?

Do you want to know more about different health research methods and approaches?

Do you want to develop key research skills e.g. literature searching, critical appraisal, writing and team-working?

If so, this module is for you.

The module will provide participants with an opportunity to consider the theory and practice of healthcare research e.g. students will be expected to demonstrate the acquisition of key research skills such as literature searching and apply those skills to their own area of practice.

It is suitable for professionals from a wide range of health and social care backgrounds, as well as students from other academic disciplines. Students can study online or on campus.

The module is designed to:

  • Critically review the broad ontological, epistemological, historical and methodological foundations of health research
  • Outline, and provide current examples of, different health research approaches and designs e.g. systematic reviews, experimental research, policy and/or historical research
  • Provide an opportunity to explore power, social and health inequalities and their relevance to health research design and practice
  • Teach key practical skills required to conduct research in health and social care (systematic literature searching, using research databases, reporting search outcomes, critical appraisal including quality assessment) within the context of multi-disciplinary team-working.

Learning Outcomes

  • A critical understanding of the debates concerning the nature of knowledge and of the importance of the historical and/or social-political context in health research
  • An ability to use a range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) individually and collaboratively to support your learning. An ability to develop, design and conduct a systematic literature review in response to a specific health research question
  • Effective written communication skills in writing up results from a literature search
  • Identify, review and critique health research literature and its relevance for a specific research question
  • Articulate the relevance and impact of power and/or social inequalities within health research.

The module is available solely online and assessed through coursework. Assessment will be by a systematic literature search and an annotated bibliography relating to an area of relevance to the student: learning a key research skill.

Purva Abhyankar

The majority of our students are already working in health or social care prior to commencement and remain employed throughout the duration of their studies.

Our students develop a wide range of transferable skills during their study that make them attractive to other employers, eg:

team working;

  • IT skills;
  • literature searching;
  • critical appraisal;
  • presentation skills;
  • writing and data analysis.

Career opportunities

The MRes Health Research is designed for students who wish to pursue a variety of different careers in health where research is a core component. Students wish to make a contribution to applied research in a range of contemporary health and social contexts.

Most of our students are employed as health professionals whilst they study part-time with us. When they complete their studies most students will stay in their clinical speciality but use their enhanced research skills/knowledge in their roles e.g. by conducting their own research or service evaluations.

Some students wish to use their Masters study as preparation for a PhD. Our students have been very successful in gaining recognition for their research work and for winning funding for PhD study.