Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location. Visit our CPD page to view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.
To scrutinise the knowledge that informs evidence based practice, health and social care professionals need to be critical thinkers who are research-literate.
This module provides you with an advanced understanding of research study design, how to assess the quality of research and discuss the robustness of conclusions reached. It combines theoretical and practical approaches to enable you to search for, obtain, and understand research literature and the critical skills to analyse and synthesise the material into a literature review.
The class usually contains a mix of students on different programmes, including health and social care professionals as well as research students, creating a vibrant learning environment in which students learn from the range of experience in the room.
This module can be studied as a standalone unit or as part of the modular pathway for Healthcare Practice at PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters level. The module also fits well within our MA Professional Practice pathway or MSc Medical and Clinical Education pathway.
After the module you will:
- have an advanced understanding of the range of research methods that are in common use in your discipline
- be able to conduct and report a rigorous and advanced search for research literature
- critically appraise research papers and construct a literature review
- apply research findings, including literature reviews, within your working practice