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HLTH6238 Research Project for MSc and MN

Module Overview

In this module you will carry out an independent project, following the development of a Project Proposal in your earlier Research Methods or Critical Inquiry module. Further to carrying out your study, you will also gain insight into dissemination of your findings within a research or practice context.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Rationalise the selection of the specific problem or issue by systematic searching and critical appraisal of the relevant literature.
  • Demonstrate adherence to relevant ethical and governance requirements.
  • Use appropriate methodologies to collect data appropriate to the aims of the project.
  • Analyse, interpret, and synthesise data critically and appropriately to address the aims of the project.
  • Justify the conclusions and implications for your profession with well-reasoned arguments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to disseminate your work.


The module is practically-focused, so no formal teaching arrangements are in place. However, a menu of workshops will be available to prepare students for the range of skills they may require e.g. completing ethics and governance documents, using specialist statistical or qualitative software, searching bibliographic databases, writing a paper for publication, Writing a report, Dissemination strategies, underlying philosophy and approaches to sampling , data collection, data analysis and interpretation,, Models for Service Improvement, Project management, You will achieve the learning outcomes of this module through one of three routes. 1. Evidence based project based on the principles of systematic review 2. An empirical research project (subject to relevant approvals and feasibility) 3. A service improvement project (subject to relevant approvals and feasibility) Students will be able undertake empirical research or audit projects ONLY when the project is demonstrated to be feasible after completion of the Formative assessment at the end of Part 1/3.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module involves an independent project. Learning in relation to subject matter and research methods (practical and theoretical) will be project-specific. You will have a designated supervisor or supervisory team, who will have suitable academic and professional expertise.

Independent Study545.5
Project supervision10
Total study time562.5

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Polit DF (2018) Essentials of Nursing Research: appraising evidence for nursing practice. 9th Ed Philadelphia. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Gray J (2017) Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: appraisal, synthesis and generation of evidence. 8th Ed. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Grove SK (2015) Understanding nursing research: building an evidence based practice. 6th Ed St Louis Missouri. Elsevier Saunders Gerrish K Lathlean J (2015) The research process in nursing 7th Ed Chichester Wiley Blackwell Walker J Almond P ( 2010) Interpreting statistical findings :a guide for health professionals and students Maidenhead Open University Press Denzin NK Lincoln YS (2017) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research 5th Ed Los Angeles Sage Curtis E Drennan J (2013) Quantitative Health Research :Issues and Methods New York Open University Press Glasper EA and Rees C (2016) Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance Oxford Wiley Banks S Brydon-Miiller M (2019) Ethics in Participatory research for Health and Social Wellbeing New York Routledge


Assessment Strategy

You will complete an independent research project, and this will be assessed through the submission of a project file and a written paper of up to 5000 words. Dual Field Nursing students on the Integrated Masters of Nursing Programme must achieve a of 40% in order to pass the module. Postgraduate MSc students must achieve a mark of 50% in order to pass the module


Comprehensive Project File


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No additional costs are necessarily associated with this module. Students undertaking empirical projects may need to cover any additional costs for travel or printing that is associated with their project

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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