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Health & Social Science Research Methods (MRes/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

This course covers research methods, statistics and broader research skills and will enable students to design, conduct and write up robust research studies. Students will conduct two substantial research studies in a topic of their choice, supervised by experienced members of academic staff.

The course is suitable for students with a varied background in research methods. There is a choice of two research methods modules, one for those with little or no background experience of research and one for people who already have some experience of research, perhaps at undergraduate level​.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Health-and-Social-Science-Research-Methods-Clinical-Research-Methods---MRes-MSc-.aspx

Course Content

Depending on your previous research methods experience you will complete the following taught modules:

- Research Methods and Design
The qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake Masters level research will be taught. A wide range of research methodologies will be covered, such as randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, interview and focus group designs. Students will learn about complex statistical analysis as well as a range of advanced qualitative analyses, such as discourse analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Other areas covered will include: philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies, research ethics and systematic literature reviews.

- Research Skills
This module will provide experience and under​standing of the broader issues associated with the research process such as planning a research project, presenting results, publishing papers and applying for funding. A series of workshops have been designed to meet the criteria specified by the UK Grad Programme Joint Statement of Requirements for Research Students, to ensure graduates have a thorough grounding in all aspects of the research process.

- Critical Appraisal
Skills in reviewing research literature will be developed, such as: synthesising information, summarising key findings, evaluating methods, identifying gaps and evaluating the limitations in the evidence.​

Students will also select 20 credits worth of optional modules from a range of health psychology, public health and forensic psychology masters modules. In this way you are able to focus on areas that are of particular interest to you and that best complement your dissertation topic.

Finally, you will complete a dissertation proposal and associated ethics application. This will culminate in you completing two independent research studies that are written up for your 100 credit dissertation module. You will be supervised by two members of staff to complete your dissertation. You will be matched with appropriate staff members who have expertise in your chosen topic and/or methodology.

Learning & Teaching

As the dissertation element constitutes 100 out of the total 180 credits for the MRes Programme, much of the learning will be conducting independent research under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. The taught based modules will involve a variety of different learning and teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, small group work, workshops, online learning, tutorials, work-based learning and self-directed learning.

Each student will be allocated two members of staff to supervise their dissertation and a separate personal tutor. Your personal tutor will support you with pastoral care and advice for career planning, e.g. supporting you to complete a personal development plan.


Each module has its own form of assessment. The majority of modules are assessed via coursework, including research reviews, reports, essays and presentations. The dissertation will be written up in the format of two journal articles.

Employability & Careers

A postgraduate qualification in health or social science research provides an excellent foundation for a career in research, as a health professional who carries out and publishes research in their field, or for anyone planning to go on to complete a PhD.

Evidence based practice means that a knowledge and understanding of research is essential in all health related domains so that health care providers are able to interpret previous research findings, as well as contributing to the process of designing and carrying out research projects.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Health & Social Science Research Methods (MRes/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2014. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarshipsOr visit the website to download the application form and return by:Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 029 20 416286You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in a health or social science subject is normally required. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,050; International Students: £12,000

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