Research Minded Project (L5023)

45 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

You focus on a topic of your choice, which is relevant to social work practice or theory.

You learn in small discussion groups and benefit from additional supervision for your dissertation.

You are encouraged to make links between research and professional practice, and to develop your research knowledge and skills by planning, conducting and writing up a piece of literature based research.

On this module, you learn how to:

  • frame research questions and plan a literature based research project
  • write a review of relevant literature and research evidence
  • review the research methodologies, methods and ethics used in your enquiry and write an analysis in a critical report
  • draw conclusions from research results
  • critically locate within appropriate theoretical, conceptual and evidential contexts, a topic relevant to social work as a professional and/or discipline
  • develop your knowledge of and ability to apply research mindedness, understanding and skills of critical appraisal, as both consumers and practitioners of social work research
  • plan, conduct and write up an informed, ethically sound and well-argued piece of literature-based, research in the form of an undergraduate dissertation.


25%: Practical (Workshop)
75%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 450 hours of work. This breaks down into 8 hours of contact time and 442 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.