Research Methods

Course code SNM663
Postgraduate (level 7) 15 credits

Who is it for?

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to develop their research skills and understanding


Overview of content

  • Asking research questions and developing a hypothesis
  • Sampling and recruitment
  • Data collection and analysis in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • Reporting and presenting data
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Understanding research ethics

What is it about?

This unit explores the principles and practice of research and its application in the health care context. It will look at the research process from initial question or idea through to presentation of findings and will look at qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies.


How does it enhance practice?

Modern health care professionals including nurses and midwives required to have an ability to understand the research process. They should be able to read, understand, and critique research reports, and contribute to, where possible, the body of knowledge relevant to their area of practice. Such knowledge is essential for advance practice and to achieve the best possible outcomes for service users. This unit aims to facilitate development of such knowledge and skills.


Mode of assessment

The assessment for this unit is the development of a research proposal


Links to professional/academic award

This unit can be taken as a stand-alone unit or as part of the MMedSci Advanced Nursing Studies (NURT80)

Course structure

12 weeks (during term time) – Online – Distance learning

Start Date: 10 February 2020

Application and Funding

To apply for this module please visit our how to apply page. See our Funding Page for information on funding options.  If you have an enquiry about the application procedure, please contact us using the e-mail address below or by calling the enquiry line.

If successful in your application for the course, you will receive a confirmation email closer to the start time.


Programme Lead/Contact Name

Dr Parveen Ali

Tel: +44 114 222 2046  

Email: parveen.ali@sheffield.ac.uk