Health and social care professionals are frequently involved in evaluating, auditing and developing practice; this involves undertaking research projects. The main purpose of research is to inform practice, but often professionals are unsure how to start, are scared that they do not know enough, or struggle to understand the research terminology. Therefore this module provides the opportunity for you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in research, and to demystify the research process.

Module Code NM7069
Level 20
Credits 7
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive introduction to social research with regard to key concepts, approaches, and techniques.
  • Facilitate the preparation of a research proposal for the dissertation or a research project.
  • Enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to your research topic.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the interrelations between research methods, findings and professional practice.
  • Critically analyse key concepts and issues in health, social and behavioural research.
  • Critically evaluate the main traditions in social research and their strengths, weaknesses, applicability and interrelations.
  • Critically evaluate and develop competence in a range of methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Undertake a critical appraisal of literature relating to your chosen research topic.
  • Critically analyse research questions regarding this topic and design a project to gather data to address these questions.
  • Critically reflect and analyse the ethical and legal implications of your proposal.
  • Identify and critically evaluate methods for the dissemination of research findings.

KSF – Core Dimensions

This module contributes to the following core dimensions:
1 Communication   
2 Personal and People Development 
3 Health, Safety and Security  
4 Service Improvement   
5 Quality   
6 Equality and Diversity


For further information on the module,
please contact:
For application information,
please contact:

Victoria Ridgeway
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL

T: 01244 511195

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ

T: 01244 511000