Research Design and Ethics (502X8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This research design course is taught by a multi-disciplinary team representing education, law and social work. Examples and perspectives relevant to these disciplines are drawn on. The course also provides a general introduction to methods and methodologies in the design of social research projects. The aim is to provide you with a grounding in the major research traditions and the requirements of research design within a range of paradigms associated with both quantitative and qualitative methods.

In particular the course will focus on distinguishing methodologies and methods; finding a research focus and generating research questions; using quantitative methods in research design; using qualitative methods in research design; combining qualitative and quantitative data in research design; ethical issues in social research with special reference to professional settings and post modernity and social research.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 18 hours of contact time and about 132 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: