Module Details

HS947-7-AU-CO: Theory And Method In Health Research

Year: 2017/18
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Mrs Jennie Todd
Teaching Staff: Jennie Todd
Contact details: Claire Wicks, Graduate Administrator, Tel 01206 873375, e-mail

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Applied research is informed and underpinned by a variety of theoretical assumptions. The module draws on theory and applied empirical work – with a focus on health – providing opportunities to critically examine some key philosophical ideas that inform and ground the research process. A blended learning approach supports and extends knowledge and understanding of the research process and will be practically applied to inform current and future research projects.

Learning and Teaching Methods

This module is taught using a blended learning approach. Five taught seminars are supplemented by e-learning and Moodle resources that include weekly online discussion forums with peers and tutor. Formative guidance and 1:1 tutorial support on request.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • Bryman A., (2016). Social research methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dyson S. & Brown B., (2006). Social theory and applied health research, Maidenhead: Open
  • University Press.
  • Grix J., (2010). The foundations of research, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Robson C., (2011). Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in
  • applied settings, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • (ORB) Online Resource Bank
  • Department Website: Health and Human Sciences

Further information