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HPRS3028 Research Project

Module Overview

You will initially develop a project proposal before gaining the governance approval required to conduct the project. You will then undertake the project during your final placement.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the range of research undertaken in health and healthcare science and how these are applied in the specialism in which the student is based.
  • Describe the ethical and governance approval processes required to undertake the planned research project.
  • Undertake an evidence-based literature review, critically appraise the output, draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Work with a supervisor to design, plan and undertake a research project to test a hypothesis from conception to completion/archiving in accordance with ethical and research governance regulations, drawing on expert advice where necessary and involving patients and service users.
  • Analyse the data using appropriate methods and statistical techniques and interpret, critically discuss and draw conclusions from the data.
  • Demonstrate an ability to present and disseminate information in a succinct, informative and sufficiently-detailed manner.


This module will build on your knowledge and skills from the Research Methods module, allowing you to carry out and disseminate your project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module involves mainly independent study, but throughout you will be supported by your supervisors and, whilst developing your protocol, a number of formal, taught sessions.

Project supervision15
Independent Study345
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Ann Bowling. Research Methods in Health. 

Pranee Liamputtong. Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-based Practice. 

Dawn-Marie Walker. An Introduction to Health Services Research. 



Project Protocol


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (30 minutes) 20%
Research paper  (3000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 20%
Research paper 80%

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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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