Researching Education for Health Professionals

A range of research frameworks and methods will be examined to allow the development of practical skills in the design and conduct of educational research.

5 days of teaching; approximately 6 hours per day.

This module introduces the nature of evidence in education and also examines a variety of research methods together with modes of analysis, interpretation and reporting.

To introduce approaches to conducting and appraising educational research including the nature of evidence in education, project planning and research design.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of different theoretical perspectives and research methodologies.
  • Show a critical understanding of the nature of evidence in education.
  • Assess the relationship between research methodologies and decisions on research methods or techniques.
  • Critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to undertaking field research.
  • Show an understanding of key principles of research design and their application to a selected project in educational for health professionals.


A 4,000 word assignment in which you conduct a critical review of a proposed design for undertaking small scale research.

This will involve:

  • designing a small scale research project suitable for exploring your topic of enquiry;
  • conducting a critical appraisal of this design. 

You will need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding required to conduct a small scale research project and refer to literature on approaches to research.

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