Single Module Level 7

Preparing for Research in Health (Level 7, 30 credits)




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

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

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of our MSc Advanced Physiotherapy course.



You will:

  • develop your literature searching skills
  • understand a range of research techniques
  • complete an original research proposal relevant to your practice
Course details

All about the course

On this module: 

  • 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 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The module is delivered via: 

  • 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.

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development or as part of the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy programme. 

Apply knowledge and skills required for advanced clinical reasoning in relation to manual therapy in the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Career Links

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 practice in some 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.


What you need to know

This module is suitable for a wide range of health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, strength and conditioning coaches, complementary therapists, reflexologists, osteopaths and nurses.

    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You must be: 

    • A registered professional working in health care.
    • A graduate or graduate equivalent.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    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).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £1,530 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2024

    September 2025