School of Health Sciences

Research Skills for Maternal and Newborn Health Practice

The aim of this course is to support the student in transferring the theoretical knowledge from the introductory research course to develop their own primary or secondary research protocol.

Fact file
Course code MIDW4014
Target students Midwives or nurses involved in maternity care
Credits 20
Level 4

25 January - 22 March 2022


£944.44 (home students) £2222.22 (international students)



This course considers:

  • Qualitative data analysis: Handling the data
  • Qualitative data analysis: Understanding the data and finding meaning
  • Service user involvement in research and involving key stakeholders: policy-makers, commissioners, NGOs etc
  • Qualitative meta-synthesis; purpose and techniques
  • Quantitative meta-analysis; purpose and techniques
  • Dissemination of research findings; impact and clinical applicability
  • Changing practice: models of change in health research, including guidelines and hierarchy of approaches to changing professional practice and basic implementation science
  • Research leadership, governance and ethical approval

Course learning outcomes

  • Design a piece of primary or secondary research, using the appropriate methodology, data collection and analysis methods based on a relevant research question
  • Critically discuss the importance of conducting research in clinical practice and reflect on the role of health care researchers
  • Critically appraise practice development within the organisation and/or area of expertise
  • Evaluate the importance of ethics in research and the importance of involving service users and other key stakeholders

How you will learn

The course offers a range of teaching methods including lecture engagement, guided study, tutorials and independent learning.

Total student activity: 200 hours


Course dates

25 January 2022
1, 8, 15, 22 February 2022
1, 8, 15, 22 March 2022


Ways to apply for this course

When applying through MyNottingham please search and select ‘Health Sciences – No Award’ and enter the Module Code and Title of your chosen module in the Personal Statement section of the application form.



Study at postgraduate level and add 20 credits to your learning record.




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School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559