Introduction to Research Methods

Semester Autumn
Level 11
Credit Value 10
Module Co-ordinator Professor Lisa Evans
Contact Hours

Lectures and Seminars: 2 hrs lecture per week and 4x2hr seminar = 12 hrs lectures and 8 hours hrs seminars over 6 teaching weeks.

Assessment Assessment will comprise of a literature review exercise (50%, 1,500 words max.) and an in-class MC test (50% of the module grade). The literature review will allow students to demonstrate the basic skills of identifying and critically evaluating relevant academic literature and of identifying research opportunities and questions. The in-class test will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the (other) topics within the module. 


The aim of this module is to introduce students to research methods in accounting and finance. The module will cover the basics of epistemology, different research paradigms, formulating research questions, critical literature reviews, qualitative methods and research ethics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to

  • understand the nature of academic research
  • formulate and clarify a research topic
  • critically review academic literature
  • understand alternative research philosophies and approaches
  • formulate a research design
  • identify and evaluate selected qualitative data collection methods 
  • identify and evaluate ethical issues in data collection

Generic skills 

  • independent learning
  • time management together with communication skills
  • a capacity for critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
  • an ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions given the available evidence

Cognitive skills

  • the ability to critically analyse information 
  • the ability to identify arguments and think critically
  • an ability to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions from the available evidence
  • an ability to understand and use appropriate techniques to solve problems

Division: Accounting & Finance



This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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