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NPMS2038 Introduction to Research Methods for Midwifery

Module Overview

This module enables you to explore research methods and apply this to the context of midwifery practice. Through reflection on practice to identify a topic of interest relevant to the role of the midwife, you will undertake a literature review. The literature review will include a justification for topic choice, an outline of the systematic search strategy undertaken, a critique of the evidence base, and identification of gaps for future research. This literature review will form the basis for the level 6 research module in your second year.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect on practice and develop an original research question relevant to the role of the midwife
  • Undertake a systematic search and select evidence related to your research question
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge base of research methods
  • Present a critique of the key evidence related to your research question
  • Discuss the principles for good ethical practice during research activity and its subsequent application to practice, including consideration of user engagement in research design and policy
  • Identify a gap in the literature, and present a refined research question that might be addressed using a research approach


Evidenced based practice/ evidence informed practice Critical reflection on practice for research activity Search and selection of evidence Research methods (quantitative and qualitative designs, including developing research questions, data collection and analysis etc.) Ethical and governance principles for research Critical appraisal skills Service user engagement Programme threads are linked throughout and include: • Baby Friendly principles • Medicines management • Mental health and well-being • Values Based Journey

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Collaborative learning resources • Lectures (Research related) • Seminars • Technology enhanced learning activities • Self directed study • Reflection

Assessment tasks50
Independent Study94.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Rees C (2011). Introduction to Research for Midwives.. 

Gray JR, Grove SK and Sutherland S (2017). Burns and Grove's the practice of nursing research : appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence.. 

Cluett ER and Bluff R (2006). Principles and practice of research in Midwifery.. 

Parahoo K (2014). Nursing research: principles, process and issues.. 

Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine.. 

Cottrell S (2011). Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument.. 

Coughlan, M. (2013). Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care.. 

Aveyard, H. (2014). Doing a literature review in health and social care. 

Polit DF and Beck CT. Essentials of nursing research : appraising evidence for nursing practice.. 

Bowling, A (2014). Research methods in health: investigating health and health services.. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

All texts key are available within the library or 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.

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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