Study Design in Practice

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP008
  • Start date 14 Jan 2019
  • Application deadline5 Nov 2018
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 20
  • Fees £612
  • Study mode Online, Part-time, Full-time

Module overview

This module will help you develop skills that will last well beyond the life of the course itself, whether you undertake it as a stand-alone module or as part of a PG Cert, PG Dip or MRes.

  • Do you want to know the difference between a research study that can be completed successfully and one that cant?
  • Do you need to know how to develop a successful research proposal based on appropriate research methods that is feasible to deliver?
  • Do you want to learn more about the practical issues involved in designing and conducting research projects?

If so, this module is for you!

This module aims to:

  • Develop an advanced awareness of the need for different methodological approaches to be taken to address specific research questions
  • Develop a knowledge and critical understanding of the challenges inherent in conducting research studies in practice and potential strategies to address these challenges
  • Outline the principles of the health research process including the legal/regulatory and ethical responsibilities of researchers, project management and document control
  • Provide an opportunity for students working in teams remotely to design and plan a health research project including identifying costs, issues of research governance, dissemination and knowledge exchange
  • Provide opportunities for students to fully appreciate the collaborative, interdisciplinary and networking dimensions and skills essential to contemporary health care research
  • Promote a critical understanding of the involvement of various stakeholders, including patients/service users, carers and families, in healthcare research, and ways that this involvement can best be supported.

A presentation delivered online and a written assignment.

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.