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Workplace Research Project


  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Professor Anita Walsh
  • Assessment: a 1500-word research proposal (20%), 2000-word literature review (20%), 10-minute presentation (10%) and 8000-word project report (50%)

Module description

This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a real-life, real-time project. You will undertake either a practitioner-based research project which looks at an aspect of your own professional practice or an applied research project looking at a particular aspect of the industry in which you work. Following taught sessions on research methods, you will undertake the project  with regular guidance from the module's academic team, concluding with a presentation on your findings and a dissertation-length report. 

Indicative module content

  • Practitioner research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Ethics and structuring research
  • Identification of a topic and development of a research proposal
  • Undertaking a literature review
  • Undertaking the research - factors to consider (time management and risk assessment)
  • Writing up and presentation of research project

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • autonomously undertake a piece of applied research
  • select a suitable topic for investigation and set it into the appropriate academic context
  • analyse and evaluate research methods appropriate for the selected topic
  • identify and evaluate relevant data, providing a rationale for your selection
  • critically review the evidence you produce and draw conclusions as to its reliability, validity and significance
  • review, evaluate and present the findings in a systematic and coherent manner; draw conclusions
  • engage with professional codes of conduct including any ethical requirements
  • integrate theoretical and practical perspectives in an appropriately professional manner.