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Research Methods

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Module overview

This module allows students the opportunity to further develop their research skills within sport, physical activity and rehabilitation. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies, including studies that utilised empirical data collection as well as review based research.

The content will include a focus on positionality, research writing, research questions, design, data gathering, interpretation and data analysis, reporting, ethics, and issues such as sampling, carrying out research with adults and juniors, working in different social and cultural settings, applying findings to practice.

The module will provide students with an essential understanding of conducting research in a real world sport/physical activity/rehabilitation environment and will provide a firm grounding for their masters dissertation research.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and advanced understanding of positionality in relation to research questions, design and conduct
  • Critically evaluate the key research methodologies in their field of study
  • Through critical analysis identify appropriate methods of data collection and analysis for different types of research
  • Critically evaluate the wider issues surrounding research (e.g. ethics, research governance)
  • Design research using advanced methods to answer current practical and theoretical questions in their area of study


20 masters level credits

Module attendance required

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Modules dates

Module dates to be confirmed

Method of teaching

The module is delivered through a blend of intensive blocks of face to face teaching, web based distance learning, personal study time, independent study, group and individual problem solving tasks. 


Positionality and Research Questions (Written assignment – 30%)
Methodological Case Study (Written assignment – 70%)

Academics involved in the deliver of this module

A number of academics across the School deliver on this module with normally over 8 different lecturers contributing their expertise in differing areas.

Entry requirements

2i UG degree in a related discipline