Becoming a Researcher - Theories and Methods (X6606)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the different ways in which research with children can be conducted, and to the key theoretical and methodological debates about research with children. It provides insights in to different methodologies, methods and applications of research, gives the opportunity to explore a specific research paper in detail, and prepares you for your dissertation in year 3.

The module content will include: theories of knowledge and dominant approaches to research, including an introduction to qualitative and quantitative methodologies and how these are used; literature reviews - including how to do an electronic search and how to summarise key debates and draw conclusions; ethical concerns relating to research with children and young people, and the implications for research design; practitioner and insider research, including action research, case study and evidence-based practice; exploration of the ways in which published research is used by policy makers and practitioners to develop practice and an introduction to the academic skills needed to identify an article for review and to critique it from both a methodological and a substantive perspective.


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 160 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 127 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: