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The University of Southampton

PSYC8034 Small Scale Research Projects

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify relevant research questions and generate testable hypotheses
  • embed hypotheses in a clear theoretical framework
  • think through and implement appropriate methods of data collection to achieve specific research objectives
  • analyse their data using appropriate statistical techniques
  • write up a research project to disseminate the results to specialised and non-specialised audiences
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the project for clinical psychology in practice


This module consists of a small number of group and supervisory and problem solving meetings that aim to support students’ at all stages in the development of their SSRP. Initial meetings focus on the identification of a research question that is theoretically and empirically justifiable and that is sufficiently specific to allow the generation of one or more testable hypotheses. As the project develops students will be expected to work to take initiative and responsibility in moving the project forwards (to identify participants and appropriate measures, to think through the project at a procedural level, to generate data and analyse it appropriately and to understand the clinical implications of the project). Students will work independently supported by their clinical placement supervisor in the field and the research coordinators at the university.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The study time for this module is split into teaching/supervision hours and independent study. There will be two taught sessions, each lasting two hours. Sessions are organised to introduce the module, problem solve, and deal with specifics of writing up empirical research. You will have support from the SSRP course tutors who will be your research supervisors for all aspects of this course. Individual supervision sessions are by appointment. You will be spending the majority of your time for this module on independent study, reading and interpreting empirical and theoretical research, developing your research question and hypotheses, choosing and implementing appropriate methods, analysing and interpreting your data, and writing this work up in an academic style. The module assumes basic prior knowledge of research methods equivalent to that provided during the masters year of your doctorate.

Project supervision6
Independent Study90
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Thomas, G. (2013). How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. 

Denscombe, M. (2010). The Good research Guide: For Small Scale Social Research Projects. 

Barker, C, Pistrang, N, & Elliott, R (2016). Reserch Methods in Clinical Psychology: An introduction for Students and practitioners. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Report  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

It is usual for any cost of the SSRP to be met by the placement. This is because measures are usually used as part of routine clinical practice or because the trainee’s SSRP is meeting the service’s need to conduct audit or service evaluation as part of Clinical Governance. If this is not the case, and necessary funding is not available, then in exceptional circumstances the trainee may be able to use part of their Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) budget for their SSRP. However, trainees are asked to check with the Audit Department of their placement Trust first to see if they can support the project. Ensure that you give details and justification of any costs in the proposal

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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