MSc Research project


MSc Research project

This module is available to students on St George’s, University of London (SGUL) validated MSc programmes and sits within the SGUL taught postgraduate courses framework. It is also offered as a ‘top up’ within the MSc Healthcare Practice, for applicants holding a PGDip (please contact the Course Director for further information on ‘topping up’).

The module is described here in generic terms but it gains context and detail once incorporated into specific MSc programmes.

The module covers preparation and planning for the research as well as the analysis, discussion and presentation of the outcomes of the research.

The project may take one of the following forms:

  1. Analysis and discussion of primary data collected as a result of research planned and executed by the student.
  2. Analysis and discussion of existing (i.e. secondary) data.
  3. Systematic review and analysis of published material.
  4. Research in a workplace environment evaluating or leading to a practice or service innovation.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify an original research topic that seeks to explore a relevant issue worthy of investigation.
  2. Critically appraise a body of relevant literature, demonstrating depth of knowledge of key theories and mastery of concepts associated with the area under investigation.
  3. Critically evaluate relevant methodologies and/or methods and select and justify data analysis appropriate for the specific research question.
  4. Systematically implement the project protocol with integrity and attention to ethical, legal and research governance frameworks and workplace practices.
  5. Scrutinise and critically analyse data with insight and understanding and specificity to the research question.
  6. Communicate concisely and clearly the key findings of the independent research project to a relevant audience.
  7. Critically reflect on own research practice and its value in the wider context of the project area.

Who is the module for? Registered healthcare professionals who have studied the postgraduate (level 7) module: Research methods MRDM101X

Module code: PT7003

Entry criteria:

Student should have studied and passed the St George’s, University of London common postgraduate framework module, Research Methods MRDM101X before commencing this module.

Number of credits and level of study: 60 credits at level 7

Assessment: Presentation to a group of peers and supervisors and submission of a dissertation (100%)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 teaching days

Module dates:*
9.30am-1pm (half-days), 9.30am-4.30pm (full days)

  • 1, 29 November, 20 December 2017, 6, 13 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £2700

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc