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Preparing for Research in Health - Single Module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): September


One semester, 6 taught days

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Develop your literature searching skills and conduct a systematic review
  • You will be able to understand a range of research techniques that can be applied to practice
  • You will be able to understand how to develop a methodologically sound research proposal addressing ethical issues
  • NHS funding available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This module will enable you to develop a rigorous approach to research appraisal and dissemination and enables you to complete an original research proposal relevant to your professional practice.

  • You will develop your literature searching skills and conduct a systematic review on this course
  • You will be able to critically understand the psychometric properties of measurements and be able to judge their quality on this course
  • You will be able to critically appraise the purpose, process and products of research
  • You will understand a range of research techniques that can be applied to practice to explore research questions
  • You will be able to conduct a research project / study after completing this module
  • You will be able to submit a primary study for ethics committee approval after this course 

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Entry Requirements

Registered professional working in health care.

A graduate or graduate equivalent.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This module is ideal for all health care professionals to help build upon your undergraduate research skills, research study and ethics application.

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, strength and conditioning coaches, complementary therapists, reflexologists, osteopaths and nurses.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module


  • Computer suites for searching skills
  • Group work and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • Lectures on key topics
  • Online resources and blackboard to support sessions


5,000 word written piece of work

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Nicola Spence - Programme Leader

My areas of research interest are primarily neurological.

I have conducted research into stroke management, measurement, interventions individual and group and various measures such as T.E.L.E.R., the Ashworth Scale, and quality of life.

My PhD thesis incorporated a mixed methods approach and combined systematic review data with patient  and carer perspectives. the focus was multi-professional stroke rehabilitation and the measurement of improvement at a global level.

My area of expertise is within measurement, reviewing and stroke.


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. Apply knowledge and skills required for advanced clinical reasoning in relation to manual therapy in the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in a number of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

Further Study

MSc Advanced Physiotherapy

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