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HSGM6001 Critical Inquiry - Research Protocol

Module Overview

This module culminates in a research protocol ready to be carried out in the Critical Inquiry Research Project module. The development of your protocol is supported by both taught sessions on research methods and supervision.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the Critical Inquiry Research Protocol module is to enable you to build on the research skills developed in your previous programme of study and to prepare you to undertake health services research independently at Master's level. Its successful completion is pre-requisite to you embarking on your own independent research project in the Critical Inquiry Research Project module. Specific opportunities will be provided to enable you to appreciate a range of research methods commonly used in health services research and differences between an Honours level and a Master's level research project. The learning opportunities provided will enable you to obtain specific skills required to undertake research at this academic level.

Learning Outcomes


This module will cover: • Qualitative and quantitative research methods, including underlying philosophy and approaches to sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation • Ethics and research governance • Advice on writing protocols

Special Features

This is a joint module undertaken by pre-registration healthcare students on graduate entry programmes within the School. Within joint modules you will gain skills in collaborative working as well as learning with, from and about a wide range of professional groups.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module involves taught session relating to research in the context of health, why research matters in health care, and research methods. This will be supported by workshops to help you develop your research protocol alongside supervisory support.

Independent Study142.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Ann Bowling (2014). Research Methods in Health, Investigating Health and Health Serivces. 

Dawn Marie Walker (2014). An introduction to Health Services Research. 

Jane Ritchie and Jane lewis (2003). Qualitative Research Practice. A guide to Social Sciences Students and Researchers. 

Helen Aveyard (2014). Doing a literature Review in Helath and Social Care. A practical guide. 

Pranee Liamputtong (2010). Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Project Protocol  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal 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:


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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