Public Policy Research Methods

Lecturer: Dr Karin Bottom


Research plays a crucial role in social policy. This module outlines both quantitative and qualitative research methods and employs real-world scenarios to impart skills students can apply both during the module and in their professional lives. Students will also gain detailed understanding of research ethics, tools and techniques in preparation for their course dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the role and process of research in contemporary public policy development, implementation and evaluation
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding about the principles and values of social research
  • Apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies rigorously
  • Complete individual research plans for dissertations

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