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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 16 hours of contact time and about 434 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 2023/24. 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: