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Research: Approaches, Methods and Skills - Level 7 - AC0778

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This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the orange box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

The key focus of this module is on research methodology and its value within the public health or healthcare management arena. This module has a ‘hands on’ approach to learning (experiential) where you will engage in authentic learning activities that mirror the activities within the research process.

Where possible you will be able to manipulate and analyse real data that is available within the public domain. This module focuses on learning and developing knowledge about the research process and how it is conducted. To this end, this module is research based. You are also learning how to research, therefore this module is research oriented. You will explore current research literature as part of a literature review to inform their proposal, therefore this module is research tutored. The module is also research led in that content is delivered by researchers who are experts in their field and have extensive use of particular research methodological approaches.

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Teaching and Assessment

A number of different strategies are used within this module to assist your learning around research within the public health and healthcare management setting. More formal learning will take place within lectures where you will be presented with theoretical background knowledge upon which to build your understanding. This module embraces an interactive approach to learning, so in seminar sessions you will be able to further develop your appreciation of research principles through discussion and peer learning. You will use a range of desktop research exercises to experience the stages of the research process. You will have the opportunity to experience data collection and data analysis through the use of anonymised public available data during research workshops. You will also be involved in discussing research methodology and findings with your peers during collegiate seminar sessions. You will be taught by lecturers with current research experience and who have expertise in particular methodological approaches. Your lectures will be recorded and stored within the e-learning portal for you to visit again if you wish.

Your assessment will include a 4,000 word research proposal.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development (20 credits).

Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops and Guided Study

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Intensive Short Course

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start September 2018

This NHS Continuing Workforce Development module has been designed to support those wanting to enhance their research skills within the public health or healthcare management arena.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.

Previous evidence of level 6 study.

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