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Course Overview

This course teaches students in the field of health psychology how to conduct high quality behavioural research, how to become an informed consumer of research, and how to think and operate within a professional, ethical framework. The structure of the course reflects the logical flow of the research process itself, moving week on week from the planning of research (generating and refining research questions, evaluating evidence, designing a study), through study conduct (ethical practice, qualitative and quantitative methods, measurement issues, research governance) to the interpretation and dissemination of results (to academic, policy, public, and media audiences).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Julia Allan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Description: The topics covered by the course

  • Critical appraisal, the scientific method, cumulative research, evidence synthesis
  • Research design (experimental, quasi-experimental, randomised, case-control, cohort, longitudinal)
  • Sources of bias and strategies to tackle bias
  • Research ethics and governance, professional codes of practice
  • Questionnaire design, construction and psychometrics
  • Qualitative design and analysis
  • Diary methods, ecological momentary assessment, n of 1
  • Working with secondary data, linked data, healthcare records, large datasets
  • Dissemination (academic, media, policy, public) and collaboration
  • Adequate reporting, standards, guidelines and recommendations

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University week s 7 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

Written examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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