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Mixed Methods Research Designs

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Over the past 25 years there have been numerous calls for increased methodological diversity in integrating quantitative and qualitative research approaches which has spawned varied typologies of a mixed method design.

There are various types of mixed method including distinguishing features which focus upon methods of data collection and analysis, the relative contribution of quantitative and qualitative, and how these are sequenced within an overall research design. Hanson et al (2005) consider that mixed methods research has become increasingly popular and maybe now considered as a legitimate, stand-alone research design within health and social sciences. Examples of mixed methods research include the development of health surveys, assessing health outcomes, assessing health service provision and healthy quality improvement initiatives.

The distinct advantage of a mixed method approach is that research findings can be enriched by the effective utilisation of concurrent and sequential quantitative and qualitative data which in turn allows researchers to gain a much deeper understanding of the phenomenon of interest.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate the key concepts involved within mixed methods research designs in relation to its origins and philosophy of knowledge.
  • Critically appraise and interpret the different methods and techniques of mixed methods research.
  • Explore the essential research skills in mixed methods research for research projects designed for a health and social sciences population.
  • Critically consider the challenges in both the presentation and dissemination of mixed methods research in relation to reliability, validity and ethical consideration.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

40 hours

Module Dates
20th-26th February 2020 - Study day
20th March 2020 - Essay submission
25th March 2020 - Presentation



A 2000 word written assignment (70%) and a PowerPoint presentation of a research proposal utilising a specific mixed method approach to a current health care related issue (30%).

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Stand Alone Course

This module can be taken as a stand alone course if required. For more information or to apply please contact the Programme Administrator:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6014 

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