This level 7 course further develops your understanding of research methods in a health context, exploring more complex study designs, and enables you to critically appraise healthcare research.
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- Duration: 10 weeks
- Time: to
- Fees: £1,080 (£1,430 for overseas students)
- Course credits: 15
- Occurs: Monday
- Course code: HRM002
- Location: Northampton Square
- Application deadline:
Advanced Research Methods course Course overview
This course will introduce you to more complex study designs and higher-level critical appraisal. Several research methods will be explored in depth with consideration of both quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods designs.
During the course, you will be guided and supported to develop the skills required by professional researchers to disseminate research plans and findings in a range of contexts. The course will equip you to evaluate the utility of different research designs to address specific research questions.
Who is it for?
This course is designed for those working in the field of health who would like to further develop their basic knowledge of research methods in order to undertake their own research, enhance their understanding of medical research, and/or enhance their ability to provide evidence-based care for patients.
Jan: Monday 23 and 30 January 2023
Feb: Monday 6, 13 and 20 February 2023
Mar: Monday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2023
Apr: Monday 3 April 2023
This course equips you with a detailed understanding of advanced research designs to support your own independent research and your ability to interpret and appraisal medical evidence.
This short course module is designed to be flexible in allowing you to study and reach your goals at your own pace. Our health CPD courses are credit-bearing modules that contribute to a University degree or award.
Transfer course credits towards postgraduate taught degree
As a health care professional, once you've completed this course you could offset 15 credits as part of a postgraduate programme, continuing your study with further modules to make up a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits or Master of Science (MSc) 180 credits qualification (all credits must be awarded within five years of study commencing).
This course is worth 15 credits
This course can be used a module, contributing to a University degree or award.
Find a list of degrees this module can contribute towards:
What will I learn?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
- Evaluate the utility of different research designs to address specific research questions.
- Apply knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods in the design of health-related research.
- Justify the use of mixed methodology studies in a healthcare context.
- Critically appraise relevant healthcare research.
- Systematically identify and review empirical research papers.
- Synthesise available evidence to reach informed conclusions.
- Develop skills as an independent learner to support your continuing academic development and development as a researcher.
- Develop excellent communication skills to express your point of view through both written and oral mediums.
Assessment and certificates
All teaching will take place online asynchronously with some synchronous support sessions. A variety of online learning and teaching methods will be used, including video lectures, discussion forums, quizzes, group work and self-directed learning. Key learning and teaching resources will be put on Moodle. In the independent study time, you will be encouraged to read widely and in depth around particular topics.
The assessment for this course consists of a critical evaluation of research design. This is a 3,000-word essay which will constitute 100% of your course mark. During the course you will have the opportunity to engage in assignment preparation sessions and receive some formative feedback on your work before submission. The assessment is submitted after the end of the course and must be passed at 50%.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
Non-EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone course.
All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.
The normal entry requirements are:
- Applicants will normally hold a BSc (hons) degree (2:1 or above) from a recognised higher education institution
- Non-standard entrants will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Applicants must have undertaken an introductory research methods course.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from a UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
Indicative Reading List
- Akers J. (2009) Systematic reviews: CRD's guidance for undertaking reviews in health care / Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. York: CDR, University of York.
- Bourgeault, I, Dingwall, R. and de Vries, R. (2013) The SAGE handbook of qualitative methods in health research. London: Sage.
- Bowling A. (2014) Research Methods In Health: Investigating Health And Health Services. 4th edition McGraw-Hill.
- Bowling A. (2009) Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. Third edition. Buckingham, Open University Press.
- Bryman, A. (2015) Social Research Methods. 5th edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- Creswell, J. W. (2014) A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (Sage Mixed Methods Research)
- Denzin, N and Lincoln, Y. (eds) (2011) Handbook of Qualitative Research. Third edition. London, Sage.
- Gough, D. Oliver, S. and Thomas, J. (2012) An introduction to systematic reviews. London: Sage.
- Streiner, L and Norman, GR. (eds) (2014) Health measurement scales: a practical guide to their development and use, 5th edition. Oxford University Press.