12/07/22 – Places are still available on this module on a ‘First Come, First Served’ basis. Contact CPD Admin to book a place.

*This module is open to staff from across SWAST, however please be mindful that delivery of this module may be face-to-face, so some travel may be required. Please contact UWE directly if you have any queries about this.*

Prior to applying or expressing an interest in a module place please ensure you have checked that you meet the entry requirements and that you have checked the application deadline. 

*Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology is one of the core modules required for the Advanced Practice MSc.*


Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology Masters level module is available at both 15 or 20 credits. There is also a 15 credit distance learning option available.

This 15 credit (UZWSPX-15-M) distance learning option (UZWSRV-15-M) or 20 credit (UZWRGQ-20-M) Masters level Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology course will give an overview of:

  1. The current state of research in health and social care, including, for example issues of funding, the formulation of research questions, the relationship between evidence and practice and the implementation of research findings in different settings.
  2. Access, use and the development of information systems: databases; libraries; bibliographic searching; the Internet.
  3. Critical appraisal methods as applied to selected research methodologies and strategies adopted in health and social care, including:
    • valuating intervention research (experimental and quasi-experimental research; randomised controlled trials; action research; descriptive and inferential statistics including both parametric and non-parametric approaches)
    • Evaluating survey research
    • Evaluating qualitative research (open interviews, discourse and content analysis, observational research)
    • Evaluation criteria: reliability, validity; issues of corroboration; triangulation
  4. An overview of the main research methodologies and strategies.
  5. Health Service Evaluation.
  6. Ethical issues in research.
  7. Innovations in research and the development of new methodologies.   .


Knowledge and understanding

  • critically analyse the rationale for particular qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods.
  • interpret the stages of the research process and the meaning and significance of data generation and analysis in qualitative and quantitative research.
  • apply the critical knowledge of the relationships between sampling and theory generation.
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of the need for and the process of research governance.

Intellectual skills

  • make evaluative judgements on the relevance of qualitative and quantitative approaches to the investigation of research issues/questions.
  • justify the appropriate uses of primary and secondary sources of data.

Subject/professional/practical skills

  • critically appraise published research relating to their discipline area and its implications for policy and practice.
  • critically appraise a selection of appropriate tools for data collections and analysis.
  • demonstrate an ability to deal effectively with the ethical issues arising in the conduct of research.

Transferable skills

  • demonstrate a reflective approach to research.
  • demonstrate a critical insight into ethical issues, intellectual property rights and other legal considerations arising in the conduct of research.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of learning approaches will be used, which includes UWE Online in conjunction with weekly face-to-face seminars and self-directed study. You will require easy access to a computer and the Internet for the duration of the module.


20 credit Masters level module: A 4,000 word assignment.

15 credit Masters level module: A 3,000 word assignment.

  • Level 3 – UZTSVU-20-3
  • Masters Level – UZTSVV-20-M

Contact dates:

21/09/22 – Campus
28/09/22  – Campus
05/10/22 – Campus
12/10/22 – Campus
19/10/22 – Campus
26/10/22 – Online
02/11/22 – Online
28/09/22 – Online
05/10/22 – Online
12/10/22 – Online
19/10/22 – Online
26/10/22 – Online
02/11/22 – Online
07/11/22 – Online
25/01/2023- Campus
01/02/2023- Campus
08/02/2023- Campus
15/02/2023- Campus
22/02/2023- Campus
01/03/2023- Online
08/03/2023- Online
05/04/2023- Campus
19/04/2023- Campus
26/04/2023- Campus
03/05/2023- Campus
10/05/2023- Campus
17/05/2023- Online
24/05/2023- Online


 Timings: 9am to 4pm

*Dates, format & timings correct at time of publishing (May 2022). Please check the UWE module page or contact UWE CPD admissions if you have any queries. Capacity on specific runs is managed by UWE.   


Please fill in the funding application form below and click submit.

Deadline for applications: Monday 11th July 2022 at 9am. 

You will be contacted approx 2-3 weeks after this to let you know if you have been successful as the CPD scoring process

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