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NPMS2030 Foundations of Research Methods for Midwifery Practice

Module Overview

This module enables you to explore research methods and apply this to the context of midwifery practice. You are able to examine a topic relevant to the role of the midwife, which is of interest to you, explore the evidence base, critique its quality then analyse and suggest where additional evidence is needed. Based on this you will present a review paper. Maximum capacity 40 balanced across MSc and BSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect on practice and identify questions that can be addressed using one or more research designs
  • Undertake a systematic search and selection of evidence to inform midwifery practice
  • Evaluate evidence for practice using a variety of primary and secondary research approaches/designs
  • Explore relevant policies and guidelines for midwifery practice and the extent to which they are based on high quality research evidence
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge base of research methods
  • Discuss the principle for good ethical practice during research activity and its subsequent application to practice, including consideration of user engagement in research design and policy


Research methods (quantitative and qualitative designs, including developing research questions, data collection and analysis etc.) Ethical and governance principles for research Critical appraisal skills Critical reflection on practice for research activity Service user engagement Risk assessment

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This will vary to reflect your previous research methods learning but is likely to include: • Technology enhanced learning activities • Self-directed study • Seminar activity • Tutorial support

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Practical classes and workshops8
Supervised time in studio/workshop7.5
Wider reading or practice118
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time193.5

Resources & Reading list

• University and Faculty research methods resources • Academic tutorial staff • Blackboard and other online resourcesResearch textbooks - a wide variety available from library • Professional journals – from library/online. 


Assessment Strategy

You are required to identify a topic from your practice, different from any previous assessment topic, where you have identified a lack of clarity around what is best care for a specific client or client group. You will undertake a comprehensive literature search, select and critique the key evidence, making recommendations for best practice, and present this as a review paper.


Study Plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Critique  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critique 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & 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:

Travel Costs for placements

All texts key are available within the library or as electronic resources. In addition many can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs you are requested to check on line. If purchased, this will be at a cost to you. Travel between University study sites should be expected as part of the programme.

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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