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NPMS6012 Research Methods for Midwifery Practice

Module Overview

This module enables you to consolidate your research methods learning from previous educational activity, and apply this to the context of midwifery practice. You are able to look a topic relevant to the role of the midwives, which is of interest to you, explore the evidence base, its quality then analyse and suggest where additional evidence is needed. Based on this you can develop an innovative research question and propose a study to meet the evidence need. This should support the development of your dissertation project in year 3.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on practice and articulate research questions that can be addressed using one or more research designs
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake a comprehensive and systematic search and selection of evidence to inform midwifery practice
  • Critically evaluate evidence for practice using a variety of primary and secondary research approaches/designs
  • Critically explore relevant policies and guidelines for midwifery practice and the extent to which they are based on high quality research evidence
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic knowledge base of research methods
  • Analyse research evidence 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 ( online level 7 research module resources from University and Faculty ) • Self-directed study • Seminar activity • Tutorial support

Practical classes and workshops12
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task30
Guided independent study114
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Other resources. • University wide level 7 research methods online resources • Faculty level 7 research methods online resources • Academic tutorial staff • Blackboard and other online resources • Research Textbooks - awide variety is available from library • Professional journals/on-line


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 information /clarity around what is best care for a specific client or client group. You will undertake a comprehensive literature search, select and critique the evidence, making recommendations for best practice, and suggest a research project, then present this as a review paper of publishable standard for a midwifery journal.




MethodPercentage contribution
Review paper  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Review paper 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 key 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 your cost. 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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