Applied Research Methods for Advanced Practice

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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

May 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 / May 2024

Application deadline

1 September (for a September start)

1 January (for a January start)

1 May (for a May start)


Blended learning

Course length

Part time: One semester

Academic level


Academic credits


This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.


This module primarily aims to prepare advanced health and social care practitioners for practice-based research. It enables you to explore the variety of research methods that are used in health service and practice research. We will examine both primary and secondary research approaches including qualitative and quantitative methods, clinical audit and service evaluation.

You will be expected to identify a practice or professional dilemma consistent with your programme of study that may be investigated using one of these means and take this forward should you continue to the dissertation module. The module aims to equip you with the understanding and skills to take forward a realistic, small-scale research project of your own using one of the methods studied.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

You must be on an Advanced Practice Masters programme to undertake this module of study.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time
£500 per module if taken as a standalone module or £577.50 per module if taken as part of an award bearing course​

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time
£500 per module if taken as a standalone module or £577.50 per module if taken as part of an award bearing course​

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the module reflects its student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. The module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study.

Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience, are maximised. In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed. This is to encourage development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy within the context of both academic and research literacy.

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Learning and teaching

During this module students will explore:

  • the nature of clinical and health and social care research;
  • how such research influences practice and service delivery;
  • the variety of approaches used in research;
  • research, audit and evaluation methods suitable for investigation of practice related concerns;
  • the synthesis of existing evidence to inform areas of concern or dilemma.


Assessment methods used on this course

100% coursework: an essay exploring the realistic methods that may be used to investigate the practice dilemma identified.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.