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The University of Southampton

HLTH6237 Clinical & Health Research Project 2 (PT)

Module Overview

This module will provide you with experience of undertaking an empirical clinical or health research project. You will work with appropriate supervision. This module will support you through the process of carrying out a research project, including obtaining necessary ethics and governance approvals, planning and undertaking the project, analysing data and writing up the study in the form of a paper. The paper will be in a format suitable for publication in a refereed academic journal and will demonstrate your ability to apply your research knowledge and skills in the design, execution and reporting of the project.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of research designs and methods and how to apply them appropriately to your chosen research question and detailed research plan/protocol
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethics, research governance and data protection in relation to your research study
  • Undertake the research study to address your specific question (with appropriate supervision), with relevant approvals
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage, analyse and present research data and critically interpret this in light of current knowledge
  • Justify your conclusions using well-reasoned arguments and taking into account the limitations or constraints of the study to make recommendations for practice/future research
  • Communicate findings, succinctly, critically and objectively in a clearly focussed paper thus allowing you to contribute to the growing knowledge base underpinning evidence based practice


This module builds on content covered in the Design & Methods for Clinical and Health Research (or equivalent) module and includes: • Applying critical appraisal skills • Working with a supervisor • Developing an appropriate and feasible research question • Designing a research project and protocol • Ethical and Governance considerations • Conduct of clinical and health research • Peer Review (where appropriate) • Quantitative and/or qualitative data reporting (as appropriate) • Evaluation of the research process/evidence • Presentation skills • Writing skills • Dissemination strategies • Project, time and data management The assessment comprises a research report in the form of a paper for publication with supporting project file (100%).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You assume responsibility for your own learning. This module adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies including: • Self Directed learning • Peer review • Problem solving approaches • Academic supervision • Research seminars • Small collaborative and inter-professional group work (Action Learning sets). • Web based resources • Blackboard (including discussion boards) • Reflective learning • Guided reading

Independent Study730
Total study time750

Resources & Reading list

Walker D-M (2014). An Introduction to Health Services Research. 

Portney LG & Watkins MP (2013). Foundations of Clinical Research. Applications to Practice. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment of this module comprises a research report and a project file. You must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in both elements to pass this module.


Informal Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Comprehensive Project File 20%
Research project Report  (5000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Comprehensive Project File 20%
Research project Report  (5000 words) 80%
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