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 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.
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.
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 research design and procedures, 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.
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.
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.
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The course fee for September 2022 was £6,000.
The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
You can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222, when enrolling on a full Master’s degree (180 credits), to use as a contribution to the cost of studying and living expenses.
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