Research Design, Practice and Ethics
This module aims to familiarise students with diagnosing and evaluating elements of research design in existing research, familiarising them with trade-offs involved in these choices and enabling them to make conscious design choices for their own research.
The module also aims to provide students with sufficient insight to organise practical and ethical aspects of their research.
Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis
This module aims to give students:
- An understanding of the methods of statistical analysis, using topics and datasets from the empirical social science literature
- A familiarity with STATA statistical software and data management
The course uses a range of datasets from across political science, focusing on topics such as social capital, voter turnout, cabinet duration, demonstration activity and class voting.
Philosophy of Research - Social Science
Through guided reading and discussion, this module aims to:
- Enable students to analyse the epistemological and ontological issues that arise from different social and educational theories and their impact on social research methodologies, and how they relate to the validity of explanations or descriptions.
Foundations in Qualitative Methods
This module aims to:
- Provide students with critical insight into the possibilities and applications of qualitative research and the role that it occupies within the wider range of research methods
- Map debates on the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods
- Develop an awareness of key aspects, concepts and forms of qualitative data
- Identify and examine ethical issues, in particular researcher-subject roles and relationships
The dissertation will be an outline PhD proposal and a small piece of empirical work. The research proposal should indicate what the PhD might be along with what the empirical work might be. The proposal should be no more than one side of A4 and should include; an aim, rationale, background literature, proposed methodology and methods.
Find out more on how to write a research proposal. You will also need to provide a personal statement.
Clinical Research, Issues and Methods (subject specific module)
This module aims to examine clinical research and consider the historical, political, contextual, practical, ethical and legal issues that shape the way clinical research is conducted in current healthcare services.
Contemporary Policy Debates in Healthcare (subject specific module)
This module aims to critically examine ways in which social, political and policy contexts, professional groups and health organisations interrelate to influence the delivery of care.
Advanced training modules
From the School of Health Sciences
- Evaluating Interventions, Services and Health and Social Care
- Principles and Processes of Comprehensive Systematic Review
- Mixed Methods in Health Research
- Social Epidemiology: Theories and Methods for Understanding the Social Determinants of Health
- Individual and Group Interviews
From Politics and International Relations
- Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
- Measurement Models
- Structural Equation Modelling
- Text Analysis
- Advanced Methods in Survey Analysis
- Conducting an Ethnography
- Analysing Verbal and Visual Interaction
- Archival Methods
- Visual Methodology
- Health Economic Evaluation: Principles and Practicalities
- Researching Media, Culture and Society
- Researching Public Policy and Management
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.