Research Methods (130X3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module is an introduction to Research Methods and involves testing a research instrument empirically and evaluating the entire process, critically engaging with and applying methodological literature throughout.

You will, thereby, develop a practical and intellectual understanding of key research paradigms, enquiry methods and processes, including the importance of ethical considerations, reflexivity and researcher positioning and other key research concepts. The method of assessment is a poster presentation, combined with oral presentation: you will display your poster and talk to an audience of other MAE students about your piloting of a research instrument, exploring ideas on your poster presentation and being prepared to respond to spontaneous questions, presented by assessing tutors.


100%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.