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Health and Social Care: Research Methods (MSc)

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  • Entry requirements
    Standard Entry Candidates must be able to demonstrate a graduate level of attainment either through possession of a degree or through proven appropriate knowledge and experience at degree level.
  • Academic Title
    Health and Social Care: Research Methods (MSc)
  • Course description
    The Postgraduate Framework has been set up to be flexible to suit the specific needs of the individual student. Programmes can be taken on a full- or part-time basis and can be tailored to meet your personal requirements.

    Programmes within the Framework can be studied to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters level or even individual modules can be selected for a shorter period of study that could enhance personal and professional development.

    Why study Health and Social Care: Research Methods?

    The MSc Health and Social Care: Research Methods programme has the principal aim of developing students' research capacity within health and social care, through developing the knowledge and skills of critical, reflexive research practitioners.

    Programme specific aims are to enable students to:

        * Manage and locate relevant information and critically evaluate research methodologies and outputs in health and social care.
        * Critically explore the political, ethical and professional contexts of enquiry.
        * Critically explore the process of research design from levels of philosophy, methodology and method.
        * Develop skills in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative methods.

    What you will study

    The programme focuses on:

        * Locating, organising and evaluating literature.
        * Philosophical and theoretical context of foundations of enquiry.
        * Research design, methodology and methods.
        * Exploration of the range of approaches to the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
        * Ethical dimensions of the research process.
        * Project and resource management in research.
        * Communication and dissemination of research findings.
        * Contemporary issues in health and social care research.

    Year 1 Modules

    AA0113 Foundations, Philosophies and Policies of Enquiry (OPTION, 20 Credits)

    AA0114 Research Skills: Design and Methods (CORE, 20 Credits)

    AA0121 Research Skills: Foundations & Philosophies of Enquiry (OPTION, 20 Credits)

    PP0185 Research Skills - Context and Management (CORE, 20 Credits)
    Year 2 Modules

    PP0192 Research Skills - Data Collection (CORE, 20 Credits)

    PP0193 Research Skills - Data Analysis (CORE, 20 Credits)

    PP0269 Identifying and Managing own Learning (OPTION, 20 Credits)
    Year 3 Modules

    PP0189 Empirical Project (OPTION, 60 Credits)

    PP0190 Practice Project (OPTION, 60 Credits)


    A range of learning and teaching approaches are used throughout the programme, encompassing both classroom-based lectures and seminars. Computer laboratories are utilised in relation to developing skills in data analysis. The individual research component is assessed by a dissertation report. A range of methods is employed in assessing other taught components of the programme.

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