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Professional course

Research Investigation and Methods for Change

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
5 days
Course director:
Wendy Fowles-Sweet
Programme leader:
Dr Narges Dailami
Key fact:
This five day course can count towards the MSc Engineering Management and the MSc Professional Engineering

Page last updated 14 December 2018


This module exists to provide you with a detailed insight to the academic research process. It is designed to introduce you to various approaches to research methodology in an engineering and technology environment. It will develop the ability to formulate research proposals, select appropriate methods of analysis and prepare and present research outcomes. Key topics covered include:

  • The Research Process
  • Issues and barriers
  • Research Planning
  • The Research Proposal

On successful completion of this module you will be able to investigate and evaluate research methods in an industrial context, by analysing and interpreting research findings and your application to industry.

You will be able to select or create an appropriate design of study (where relevant), evaluating the required techniques and reflecting upon the reasons for the choices made. You will then be expected to derive a change implementation plan from the research findings.

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives you the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering, or MSc Engineering Management.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.

If you wish to complete the module assessment you are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

Careers / Further study

Research Investigation and Methods for Change can be taken as a stand-alone short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. For a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.



The module considers four key areas:

The Research Process

  • Theory and practical implications in an industrial environment including action and case study research.
  • Selection and identification of an appropriate industrial related project and the resultant identification and definition of research objectives; formulation of research questions and hypotheses.

Issues and Barriers

  • Issues and barriers to change in the industrial context.
  • Review of world best practice in the research topic; search techniques, literature abstraction and the preparation of a literature review.

Research Planning

  • Risk assessment and management, Planning and Budgeting.
  • Issues of reliability, validity and generalisability for researchers
  • Features of Qualitative and Quantitative Data - collection and analysis
  • Communicating Results Effectively: Dissertation Structure and Presentation

The Research Proposal

  • The Research Proposal, Research Strategy, Project Plan and Ethical considerations for researchers.
  • Understanding plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property.
  • Preparation of a research paper.


Professional accreditation

This course contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information


Part 1: Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 October 2018 

Part 2:  Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 December 2018 


£1,530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)


Students complete both parts. All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments


Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment, please register for our Engineering Capability Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking.)Enquire Now
If you wish to attend the course without completing the UWE accreditation, please complete our online booking form. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.Enquire Now


For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the online enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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