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Research methods

This module will familiarise students with quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and to enable students to employ appropriate methods in conducting their own research.

This module is normally purchased as part of the full Master’s or postgraduate diploma or in conjunction with the postgraduate (level 7) module MSc Research project – please contact the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education for advice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the characteristics of good research.
  2. Identify different types of study design, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and select appropriate designs in practice.
  3. Set realistic and appropriate aims and objectives for research projects.
  4. Critically evaluate the importance of study design issues such as validity, reliability, bias and sample size.
  5. Write a research proposal to a standard acceptable for the course on which they are registered.
  6. Collect quantitative and qualitative data and design systems for accurate and auditable record keeping.
  7. Critically analyse the role of theory in underpinning research.
  8. Critically evaluate the ethical issues arising from research.
  9. Develop strategies for locating, accessing and evaluating information and use IT effectively to support the research process.

Who is the module for? Students registered on PgDip, MSc, MRes or MPhil/PhD courses.

Module code: MRDM101X

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.

Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

 

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7.

Assessment: Presentation of a research proposal (formative) and submission of a written research proposal (summative)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 13 days

Module dates:*

  • 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7, 14 December 2017, 8, 22 February 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

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

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