Research Methodology and Methods


Join the experts at Staffordshire University and develop an in-depth understanding of research methodology and methods. Academic research often favours a polysyllabic terminology, but often what is behind the long words is entirely compatible with our everyday understanding of the world!

You will already have many skills required for research from your employment and prior education. This module will provide you the opportunity to sharpen these skills in the pursuit of an advanced understanding of research methodology and methods.

Delivery method

Independent directed learning will be presented on the theoretical perspectives of research that is closely linked to your work in preparation for the assessed elements of the module. The general mode of delivering this module is through three face to face sessions directed reading and structured learning on Blackboard. The aim is to ensure that the experiences of the group are shared and that students receive individual feedback on their thinking as it develops.

Particular emphasis will be placed on a strategy to integrate the whole process of knowledge delivery, application to research. It is designed to ensure that all strands of the educational experience contribute to learning and to giving you the confidence to enter research and debate. In addition, students may, if they wish, complete a formative assessment: Presentation to peers of a critique of a research paper for 'cafe bar' debate on blackboard.

Academic credits
Delivery method
On campus
Some sessions will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

Delivered on a Tuesday over 11 weeks

Start date

September 2024

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

Working in an area where the provision health or social care is part of the professional role. Students at level 7 will need to provide evidence that they can work at this level.




Dr Jessica Runacres

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Research Practice in the school of Health, Science, and Wellbeing. Mixed methods researcher, PGR Lead, and PhD Course Lead.

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Dr Edward Tolhurst

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer and qualitative researcher in the field of dementia, ageing and care. I am based in the Postgraduate team and course leader for the MSc in Medical Education. I am also a member of the University Research Ethics Committee.

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