Short course

Research Methods (Distance Learning)

This course will teach you the necessary skills to successfully analyse and evaluate published research as well as conduct original research. You will cover various topics which include finding relevant literature and research design, and you will be able to present your research findings.

Start date
25 September - 2 December 2023 Jan cohort: 15 January 2024 - 24 March 2024
10 weeks
Home - £1130 International - £2960
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits


This short course covers the techniques needed to critically appraise published research, and carry out a piece of original research. Topics include the scientific method applied to human services, literature search techniques, research design, sampling, the organisation of a research project, research ethics, measurement techniques, the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, the presentation of results, and dissemination.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this short course you should be able to:

  • Complete a literature search on a defined topic.
  • Prepare a research proposal with an appropriate research design, measurement, sample, and consideration of ethical issues sufficient to be approved by an ethical committee.
  • Critically appraise a recent published research paper.
  • Analyse a set of qualitative data.
  • Analyse a set of quantitative data.


20 credits

This course can be taken as a stand-alone course if required. To apply, please contact the Programme Administrator: telephone: +44 (0)121 414 3803, email

Attendance required

Distance learning supplemented by individual tutorials.


The module is run twice every year.

Session 1 - October to December
Session 2 - January to March

Please contact for exact dates.


One 3000-word essay

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Qulsom Fazil - Lecturer in Disability Studies and Behavioural Science, Module Co-ordinator for the Research Methods Module