Research Methods (Distance Learning)

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Module

Module overview

This module 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 the module 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 module can be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact Programme Administrator, tel 0121 414 3803, email

Module attendance required

Distance learning supplemented by individual tutorials.

Module dates

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