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HSGM6003 Critical Inquiry - Research Project

Module Overview

This module allows you to carry out a piece of independent research, following on from the development of a protocol in the Critical Inquiry - Research Protocol module. Further to carrying out research, you will also gain experience in other aspects of research, such as preparing a manuscript for publication in a relevant journal of your choice and a conference presentation.

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 to be studied by systematic search and critical appraisal of relevant literature
  • Examine a research question/aim and set of objectives using a feasible and appropriate investigation
  • Conduct a research study that employs a research design, sampling and recruitment strategy and data collection approach appropriate to the research aim/question
  • Analyse, present and interpret data analysed critically and appropriately, to provide answers to the research question/aim
  • Justify the conclusions and implications for your profession with well-reasoned arguments
  • Demonstrate adherence to relevant ethical and governance requirements in carrying out research
  • Demonstrate the ability to disseminate your work


The module is practically-focused, so no formal teaching arrangements are in place. However, ad-hoc sessions may be provided depending on circumstances; for example, extra support may be provided for completing ethics and governance documents, or for using specialist statistical or qualitative software.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module involves an independent piece of research. 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 Study735
Project supervision15
Total study time750

Resources & Reading list

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

Julie Pallant (2010). SPSS Survival Manual. 

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

Ann Bowling. Research Methods in Health. 

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

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Conference presentation 
Research paper 60%
Viva 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Re-write and Re-viva 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:

Equipment and Materials

There may be costs involved when carrying out a project (e.g., envelopes and stamps, travel) depending on the requirements of the project. This will be made clear when the projects are offered in the Critical Inquiry Research Protocol 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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