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Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake health-related research. This course provides a foundation for further learning in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Within this course you will develop the skills necessary for the planning, conducting and dissemination stages of health-related research. Topics covered include: - Developing a Research Question, Research Design; Methods of Data Collection; Approaches to Analysing Data; Dissemination of Research findings and Writing a Research Proposal.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kirsty Kiezebrink

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

  • One of Master Of Science In Clinical Education or Any Postgraduate Programme Diploma In Clinical Education or Master Of Science In Clinical Education or MSc Global Health and Management or Any Postgraduate Programme Certificate in Research Methods for Health or Master Of Public Health
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (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

The aim of this course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to

  • Undertake scientific dissemination for a range of audiences ( academic, media,  public)
  • To conduct a critical appraisal of research and demonstrate an appreciation of the issues that are important in assessing the methodological quality and ethical rigour of research studies and be able to apply these.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional practice, research ethics,  governance and organisation
  • Undertake the design of a health-related research proposal including
    • Develop a basic understanding  of the underlying principles of quantitative and qualitative research
    • introducing students to the key data generation methods in health-related research
    • an understanding of working with secondary data, linked data, healthcare records and large dataset
    • An overview of a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysis
    • enabling students to choose the most appropriate research design and data collection tools to address a particular research question
    • Identifying potential sources of bias in research and develop strategies to minimise these.
  • Produce a research proposal suitable for submission to a research funding body

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 17
  • 1 Seminar during University week7

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Class test Units 1-4 (Single best answer) 10% Available from week 7 must be completed by week 12, Class test Units 5-7 (Single best answer) 10% Available from week 7 must be completed by week 12, Research Proposal 80% Available from week 7 must be completed by week 12.

Formative Assessment

7 end of unit self test (single best answer), 1 short answer quiz week 4.


All Single best answer quizzes feedback in provided upon submission, Week 4 short answer quiz feedback provided by week 5, Research proposal feedback provided 2 weeks after submission.

Course Learning Outcomes


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