Step up to Masters


This Level 7 module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for successful academic performance at postgraduate-level, whatever your professional background and intended direction of study.

You will learn about the role of finding and appraising evidence. This will include searching for credible sources and also key concepts by which data is judged, such as validity, reliability and trustworthiness. The application of theory and concepts to the understanding of ‘real world’ phenomena will also be explored. The module process will enable you to reflect upon processes of data gathering and analysis. This will cover concepts of reflection and reflexivity, and how the collection and evaluation of data is shaped by personal experience and cognitive biases.

The module will also focus on the academic standards required at postgraduate level, including effective communication, how to convey critical evaluations, and the appropriate use of material and referencing. It will include consideration of the following:

  • Searching for literature/evidence
  • Critical thinking and evaluation
  • Assessing the quality of sources
  • Reflection and reflexivity
  • Cognitive bias
  • Structuring and delivering material
  • Key research concepts
  • Academic standards; values and ethics
  • Referencing

Delivery method

The course requires four days of attendance for classroom sessions on campus. These days are spread over the term.

A range of strategies will be used during the contact time, including: group work and discussion; lectures and group tutorials; and reading and assignment preparation. This will provide a platform for your own self-directed, independent study.


The module is free of charge.

Academic credits
Delivery method
Blended learning
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Start date

April 2023

Entry requirements

An Honours Degree from a UK Higher Education Institute, or international equivalent.

Applicants with a Diploma of Higher Education, complemented by strong evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will be considered. Applicants with relevant professional or vocational experience will also be considered, alongside strong evidence of CPD. If necessary, applicants will be invited to take part in a short informal interview either on campus, or via MS Teams/telephone.


Dr Edward Tolhurst

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer, and researcher in the field of dementia, ageing and care. I am based in the Postgraduate team and the course leader for the MSc in Medical Education. I am also Chair of Research Ethics in the School of Health and Social Care.

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How to apply

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