Developing Your Research Proposal (X3250)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The overall aim of this module is to build on your prior knowledge of key theoretical concepts relating to research methods, drawn from the Year 2 Introduction to Research Methods course and to prepare them for the Dissertation research to be undertaken in the following term.

Its primary purpose is to provide the insights and support that you will need to be able to develop a research proposal. In the process, you will have opportunities to improve your understanding of the connections to be made between research and practice, the importance of this and to draw in and consolidate aspects of your wider course learning in a more applied way.

The module will take a workshop format throughout in order to maximise the opportunity to scaffold the development of an individually focused piece of work.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: