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RESM6305 Mixed Methods

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the use of mixed methods for approaching and addressing research questions in a range of disciplines within social and human sciences. You will be introduced to the theories of mixed methods, and examine the ways in which quantitative and qualitative research designs interact in the context of addressing a research question. You will also be introduced to examples of mixed methods applications within a range of research topics. The module includes a total of 18 contact hours, which includes 4 hours of face-to-face lectures; 4 hours of face-to-face tutor-led tutorials; approximately 8 hours of audio-recorded exemplars of research accessible via Blackboard; and 2 hours of an NVivo workshop on the use of mixed methods.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Know and understand the integrated or complementary nature of the relationship between methods in mixed methods research designs in a range of disciplines in social and human sciences.
  • Know and understand the ethical and epistemological issues involved when using mixed methods.
  • Knowl and understand the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods in order to address research questions.
  • Critically evaluate the mixed methods used in examples of research.
  • Critically engage in seminar discussions on the use of mixed methods.
  • Design a project combining different methods of analysis.
  • Use NVivo software to analyse qualitative and quantitative data simultaneously.


The module will include lectures on: the theoretical foundations of mixed methods research; ethical and epistemological issues when applying mixed research methods; the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods to address research questions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module involves 4 one-hour lectures on the principles of using mixed methods; the ethical; and epistemological issues arising from the use of mixed methods; and the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods. The lectures are followed by 4 one-hour tutorials, where students are invited to discuss issues or questions related to the lectures. In addition, a number of case studies using mixed methods to address a range of research questions will be audio-recorded and made accessible to students via Blackboard (each case study is expected to last approximately 60 minutes). The learning activities include lectures, which will also be audio-recorded and accessible on Blackboard, tutor-led tutorials discussing the lecture content, audio-recorded case studies, formative and summative assessment during the module, and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance or after each lecture and tutorials, in order to make the most of the sessions.

Independent Study85
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Bergman, M.M. (2008). Advances in mixed methods research: theories and applications.. 

Alasuutari, P. et al (eds) (2008). The Sage Handbook of Social Research Methods. 

Creswell, J.W. (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. 

Edmonds, W.A. (2013). An applied reference guide to research designs: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.. 

Hesse-Biber, S.N. (2010). Mixed methods research: merging theory with practice.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

RESM6003 and (RESM6004 or STAT6117 or PSYC6046)


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

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

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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