Skills for Knowledge Enquiry

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP001
  • Start date 26 Sep 2022
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees £778
  • Study mode Online, Part-time


Applications for academic year 2022/23 will open March 2022.

Interested in informing an area of healthcare practice with the best-quality, up-to-date evidence?

Want to inform policy with scientific evidence?

Not all evidence is equal – so, do want to learn how to critically evaluate the quality of evidence you have gathered?

If yes, then this module is for you.

This module offers knowledge and skills in conducting systematic reviews of evidence and critical appraisal of research. You will learn the key steps in the process of systematic review such as developing a review question, devising a search strategy, searching electronic databases, screening, critical appraisal and report writing. You will have an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ as you will apply these skills on a review question of your interest.

Entrance requirements

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.

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:

  1. Conduct a systematic literature search in response to a specific health and social care research question.
  2. Synthesise and report results from a literature search.
  3.  Identify, review and critique health and social care research literature and its relevance for a specific research question.

Delivery and assessment

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.

Module coordinator

Dr Louise Hoyle


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.