MRes Human Sciences

Course length: 1 year full-time 2 years part-time

Overview

If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an interest in a particular topic in one of the following three areas of Human Sciences: Sport, Physical Activity & Health; Psychology; Health & Social Care, this degree will allow you to advance both your subject knowledge and your research skills.  Based around an individually devised and researched dissertation on the subject of your interest, it is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the Human Sciences and will give you the opportunity to research into a subject that you want to explore.

  • Gain advanced knowledge, skills and experience of conducting independent research
  • Excellent preparation for PhD
  • Offered both as full and part time study
  • Loans available to cover fees and / or living costs
Course Content

Offered both full-time and part-time, the MRes includes a 90 credit independent research project with three supporting 30 credit modules (e.g., Advanced Research Methods). We adopt a flexible approach allowing you to tailor learning and research to your specific interests. This provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded and critical researcher within the social sciences. In addition, you will conduct high quality research in an area of your interest while being supervised by experts.

Sport, Physical Activity & Health

Psychology

Health & Social Care

Students’ own research proposals are welcome. In addition, there are a range of projects available upon enquiry with the MRes Human Sciences team.

 


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1. Applicants with a good 2:2 combined with exceptional research or additional experience may be considered.

Applicants may additionally be required to attend interview or to submit a piece of written work as part of the application process.

Fees

2017/18: Full-time UK/EU Students - £4,000

2017/18: Part-time UK/EU Students - £2,000 per academic year

Fees may rise subject to inflation for 2018/19

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Full-time course modules


As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits each year. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE CODE : SRM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the research methodologies used within human science disciplines. The module is designed to provide broad perspectives on qualitative and quantitative research processes initially but then specialism in either qualitative or quantitative methods appropriate for their research interests. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop a critical stance with respect to research design, analysis, evaluation, as well as research ethics issues. Also, students will be provided with the opportunity to analyse and interpret data sets using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research techniques. They will develop knowledge and understanding of devising a research proposal and effective use of a range of online databases pertinent to the human sciences.

This module will be taught via a combination of face-to-face seminars and online tasks to support students’ independent study.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Further develop students’ systematic  and comprehensive knowledge of the range of research techniques used in human sciences

  • Develop students’ critical awareness of the complex ethical issues associated with human science research and key elements of good practice

  • Further develop students’ ability to critically analyse and interpret data sets using qualitative and/or quantitative methods

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how to independently design, analyse and evaluate original qualitative and/or quantitative research studies

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical appraisal of relevant established and contemporary knowledge relating to quantitative and qualitative research techniques

  • Critically evaluate the research methodologies of academic work and comment on their rigour and appropriateness

  • Demonstrate an comprehensive knowledge and understanding of research design, methodologies, data analysis and ethical issues in human science research

  • Analyse data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods as appropriate

  • Interrogate appropriate ethical practices when conducting research with diverse groups as well as good practices when writing and reporting research methodologies

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Interpretation and Analysis of Data (2500 Words)

Component 2 - 50% Critical Review of Empirical Journal Article (2500 Words)

PRACTICAL RESEARCH SKILLS


MODULE TITLE : PRACTICAL RESEARCH SKILLS

MODULE CODE : SRM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module progresses your knowledge gained in SRM701 to consider the practical components of the research processes. Issues surrounding participant recruitment, equipment design, participant care, and data collection, handling and analysis will be discussed. These components of the research process will be critically explored in relation to high-quality, ethical research. Furthermore, the module will provide an opportunity for students to practically explore these issues in light of their own research projects.

This module is taught both face-to-face and online. Teaching will also be split between group learning and individual working plans throughout.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Develop students’ comprehensive understanding of the process of collecting safe, ethical, and high quality data within human science research

  • Develop students’ capacity to identify and critically evaluate appropriate data collection methods for a given piece of research

  • Demonstrate and justify high quality data collection using appropriate methods to answer a research question

  • Be able to critically appraise data collection strategies and practices

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of various data collection methods used within a specific discipline of human science        

  • Critically explore various stages of the research process and their application to specific research projects

  • Provide critical appraisals for data collection methods based on both theoretical and practical rationales

  • Provide opportunity to plan, conduct, and collect original empirical data to answer a specific research question

  • Critically reflect upon the research process in relation to theory and best practice

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Research and Reflection Patchwork (5000 Words Equivalent)

THEORY TO PRACTICE


MODULE TITLE : THEORY TO PRACTICE

MODULE CODE : SRM703


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of theory or evidence-based research as well as how their research might be disseminated or show impact. Students will critically appraise the foundation knowledge of both existing research and their own. This will be considered in relation to relevant research philosophy, ethics, and the historical trajectory of knowledge in their field. The theoretical underpinning of students’ own research will drive much of the module content and allow students to apply their own knowledge to real research problems. In addition, students will consider the dissemination of research generally as well as of their own. Consideration of the impact of students’ research will be explored and how this is best achieved.

This module is taught both face-to-face and online. Teaching will also be split between group learning and individual working plans throughout.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how research is developed according to appropriate contemporary literature

  • Critically appraise research in relation to the underpinning knowledge and theory

  • Develop an ability to discuss original future research in terms of underpinning literature

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of how research is disseminated to create impact

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

           

  • Critically explore various theories relevant to different, specific research projects

  • Critically appraisal literature in relation to underpinning literature

  • Provide opportunity to critically debate research questions, study designs, and ethical issues in relation to existing knowledge

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of various methods of research dissemination and their value to practice

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Critical Essay (2500 Words)

Component 2 - 50% Research Proposal Individual Presentation (15 minutes + 10 minute viva)

DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : SRM704


MODULE SUMMARY :

The research dissertation is the culmination of the MRes course. The module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate and ethical research design, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation at Masters level is expected to make a meaningful and original contribution to literature.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 30.00
Independent : 870.00
Placement :
Total :  900.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Provide opportunity to critically apply prior theoretical and practical learning while demonstrating the ability to carry out a sustained piece of original independent work

  • Develop the ability to critically apply theoretical understanding to a complex research project

  • Encourage individual thought, initiative, time management, good skills of written communication and in-depth understanding of a particular issue

  • Develop the ability to consider relevant ethical issues relating to specific research projects

     

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Undertake a substantial piece of original independent research

  • Critically interpret data and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of approaches adopted         

  • Research and assess paradigms, ethics, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving complex problems

  • Produce a sustained and original independent study, which includes: critical evaluation of literature and study design, application of appropriate methodology, and analysis gained from the research

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (1500 Words equivalent) & Oral Examination (15 minutes)

Component 2 - 80% Independent Research Project (20,000 Words)

Part-time course modules


As a part time student, the amount of credits you complete each year may vary. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email registry@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE CODE : SRM701


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the research methodologies used within human science disciplines. The module is designed to provide broad perspectives on qualitative and quantitative research processes initially but then specialism in either qualitative or quantitative methods appropriate for their research interests. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop a critical stance with respect to research design, analysis, evaluation, as well as research ethics issues. Also, students will be provided with the opportunity to analyse and interpret data sets using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research techniques. They will develop knowledge and understanding of devising a research proposal and effective use of a range of online databases pertinent to the human sciences.

This module will be taught via a combination of face-to-face seminars and online tasks to support students’ independent study.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Further develop students’ systematic  and comprehensive knowledge of the range of research techniques used in human sciences

  • Develop students’ critical awareness of the complex ethical issues associated with human science research and key elements of good practice

  • Further develop students’ ability to critically analyse and interpret data sets using qualitative and/or quantitative methods

  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how to independently design, analyse and evaluate original qualitative and/or quantitative research studies

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical appraisal of relevant established and contemporary knowledge relating to quantitative and qualitative research techniques

  • Critically evaluate the research methodologies of academic work and comment on their rigour and appropriateness

  • Demonstrate an comprehensive knowledge and understanding of research design, methodologies, data analysis and ethical issues in human science research

  • Analyse data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods as appropriate

  • Interrogate appropriate ethical practices when conducting research with diverse groups as well as good practices when writing and reporting research methodologies

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Interpretation and Analysis of Data (2500 Words)

Component 2 - 50% Critical Review of Empirical Journal Article (2500 Words)

PRACTICAL RESEARCH SKILLS

MODULE TITLE : PRACTICAL RESEARCH SKILLS

MODULE CODE : SRM702


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module progresses your knowledge gained in SRM701 to consider the practical components of the research processes. Issues surrounding participant recruitment, equipment design, participant care, and data collection, handling and analysis will be discussed. These components of the research process will be critically explored in relation to high-quality, ethical research. Furthermore, the module will provide an opportunity for students to practically explore these issues in light of their own research projects.

This module is taught both face-to-face and online. Teaching will also be split between group learning and individual working plans throughout.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Develop students’ comprehensive understanding of the process of collecting safe, ethical, and high quality data within human science research

  • Develop students’ capacity to identify and critically evaluate appropriate data collection methods for a given piece of research

  • Demonstrate and justify high quality data collection using appropriate methods to answer a research question

  • Be able to critically appraise data collection strategies and practices

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of various data collection methods used within a specific discipline of human science        

  • Critically explore various stages of the research process and their application to specific research projects

  • Provide critical appraisals for data collection methods based on both theoretical and practical rationales

  • Provide opportunity to plan, conduct, and collect original empirical data to answer a specific research question

  • Critically reflect upon the research process in relation to theory and best practice

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Research and Reflection Patchwork (5000 Words Equivalent)

Year 2 modules


THEORY TO PRACTICE

MODULE TITLE : THEORY TO PRACTICE

MODULE CODE : SRM703


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the role of theory or evidence-based research as well as how their research might be disseminated or show impact. Students will critically appraise the foundation knowledge of both existing research and their own. This will be considered in relation to relevant research philosophy, ethics, and the historical trajectory of knowledge in their field. The theoretical underpinning of students’ own research will drive much of the module content and allow students to apply their own knowledge to real research problems. In addition, students will consider the dissemination of research generally as well as of their own. Consideration of the impact of students’ research will be explored and how this is best achieved.

This module is taught both face-to-face and online. Teaching will also be split between group learning and individual working plans throughout.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement :
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how research is developed according to appropriate contemporary literature

  • Critically appraise research in relation to the underpinning knowledge and theory

  • Develop an ability to discuss original future research in terms of underpinning literature

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of how research is disseminated to create impact

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

           

  • Critically explore various theories relevant to different, specific research projects

  • Critically appraisal literature in relation to underpinning literature

  • Provide opportunity to critically debate research questions, study designs, and ethical issues in relation to existing knowledge

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of various methods of research dissemination and their value to practice

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Critical Essay (2500 Words)

Component 2 - 50% Research Proposal Individual Presentation (15 minutes + 10 minute viva)

DISSERTATION

MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : SRM704


MODULE SUMMARY :

The research dissertation is the culmination of the MRes course. The module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate and ethical research design, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation at Masters level is expected to make a meaningful and original contribution to literature.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 30.00
Independent : 870.00
Placement :
Total :  900.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Provide opportunity to critically apply prior theoretical and practical learning while demonstrating the ability to carry out a sustained piece of original independent work

  • Develop the ability to critically apply theoretical understanding to a complex research project

  • Encourage individual thought, initiative, time management, good skills of written communication and in-depth understanding of a particular issue

  • Develop the ability to consider relevant ethical issues relating to specific research projects

     

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Undertake a substantial piece of original independent research

  • Critically interpret data and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of approaches adopted         

  • Research and assess paradigms, ethics, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving complex problems

  • Produce a sustained and original independent study, which includes: critical evaluation of literature and study design, application of appropriate methodology, and analysis gained from the research

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (1500 Words equivalent) & Oral Examination (15 minutes)

Component 2 - 80% Independent Research Project (20,000 Words)

Course code

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