Professional/Short course Research Methodology and Statistics

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Applied Sciences
One semester
Course Director
Vanja Crew (NHS Blood and Transplant)

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This 15 credit Research Methodology and Statistics module will introduce you to the research design process and selection and implementation of appropriate statistical analysis, required for an MSc project.

The module will include the essential components of project design and management, including formulation of research hypothesis, assessment of existing literature, experimental design and analysis and dissemination of results, and develop your skills in scientific writing and statistical analysis.

On successful completion of this module, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically evaluate approaches for the analysis of published scientific research and demonstrate Masters level scientific writing skills
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of project, time and self management in the success of a research project.


Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Applied Transfusion and Transplantation Science.



The course syllabus covers the following:

  1. Statistics, including for example the general principles of selecting appropriate data analysis method, and presentation of appropriate data
  2. Literature searching and evidence hierarchy (including online search engines)
  3. Scientific writing, including for example the review and critical appraisal of scientific literature and evidence-based practice; report writing; writing for publication; grant applications
  4. Research design, hypothesis and data management
  5. Project management
  6. Research governance, for example including ethics (including clinical research); intellectual property (IP); good manufacturing practice (GMP) and health and safety
  7. Research communication and dissemination and the peer-review process
  8. Reflective learning.

Learning and Teaching

This module will incorporate an online lecture series introducing each of the topics; each section will provide the core knowledge that informs good research practice. Guided reading and interactive self-directed learning including quizzes and exercises will be provided in support of lectures and will direct the student to both preparative and supplementary information sources.

Lectures will be followed by supporting tutorials or workshops to provide a collaborative space for interactive discussion. Tutorials will also help inform and prepare students for the assessments.


There are two pieces of assessment; a written critical appraisal of published peer-reviewed scientific research and a research proposal.

The first assessment will consist of a critical assessment of published peer-reviewed scientific research on a relevant subject. You will be provided with the research publications for appraisal and a list of required aspects of the research that are to be assessed, e.g. data handling, ethics, appropriateness of methodology, reliability of conclusions, etc.

The second assessment builds on the first. You will be required to undertake independent research on an area of their choosing within a relevant clinical field and formulate a succinct research proposal. Mid-point module formative feedback will be given on your proposal.


Study facilities

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Home fee (15 credit) £813.

Overseas/offshore (15 credit) £1,208.


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