Professional/Short course Researching Beneath the Surface

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Social Sciences
One semester
Course Director
Anne-Marie Cummins

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


The 30 credit Researching Beneath the Surface module looks into how do we research and inquire into human experience, particularly the affective and less conscious dimensions of this experience.

What are the ethical, organisational and political implications of connecting with and understanding our own and other's deeper thoughts and experience? How might our emerging knowledge and understanding influence changes in our practices?

These kinds of questions are increasingly being asked today by researchers, consultants, social activists and organisational innovators.

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Careers / Further study

This module contributes towards MRes/MSc Professional Development (Psycho-Social Studies).



The workshops will draw upon the theoretical insights and methodological tools offered by the more complementary dimensions of contemporary psychoanalysis, sociology, group relations and group analysis to develop innovative approaches to in-depth knowledge gathering and intervention.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes lectorials, tutorials, project supervision; work based learning.

Lectorials will be used to both introduce and discuss key psycho-social themes, concepts and debates already existing in the area of emotion, affect and society. Lectorials allow a form of interactive delivery, whereby discussion and connections between your present work and/or past professional experience, and content may influence lecture content delivery.

Workshops will include peer supervision and data analysis processes and other practice orientated activities.

Tutorials will be aimed at guiding students through their learning and at facilitating students to create a bespoke learning contract and assessment portfolio.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion etc. Scheduled sessions may vary slightly depending on the module choices students make.

Blackboard will be used to facilitate learning through providing guidance and learning materials.

The work environment, whether based on paid employment or volunteering, is also a source of experiential learning and specific skills acquisition required for the module.


The assessment strategy is to create a bespoke assessment of work-based learning, with reference to psycho-social theoretical approaches. It therefore depends on the learning contract negotiated with the facilitator.

The assessment states that it must be equivalent to a project of 6,000 words because some options of assessment will not take the form of written work in the form of an orthodox essay or report. Other options include:

  • A portfolio of evidence
  • A presentation with associated reflection
  • Production of a patient/service user information leaflet or video with
  • associated reflection.
  • A paper or letter prepared for publication with associated reflection.


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Please note: Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

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Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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