Coventry University program

Research Methodology, Design and Methods

Evaluate the key design and methodological approaches utilised in health, social sciences and their related fields of practice.

This program is part of the MSc Nursing degree offered by Coventry University

An overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research

This program provides an overview of the key approaches to designing practice-based healthcare research. Considering the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research, it critically appraises different design and methodological approaches utilised in health, social sciences and related fields of practice.

The program will develop your ability to prepare a detailed research proposal relevant to your field of academic study, professional practice or service improvement area. The importance of ethical, social, legal, political and economic aspects of research studies will also be examined.


5 courses

This program contains a portfolio, where you'll be able to gather your work and get feedback from course educators.

Delivered by expert academics at Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

Please note that the staff described in the 'Who will you learn with?' section below may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

Who will you learn with?

Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Coventry University, leading the MSc Nursing Online Research Methods Module, and on-campus Research Methods, and CYP MH modules.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of the philosophical underpinnings of research and its application to designing research studies

  • Critically review the key steps in research project design, inclusive of appropriate data analysis techniques

  • Identify and evaluate the importance of the ethical, political, legal and social issues related to research design

  • Design a study grounded in an appropriate research approach that investigates an area of relevant healthcare practice or healthcare improvement

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