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Research Methods


Module description

The objective of this module is to equip you with the skills required to successfully conduct research and write a dissertation. We will model the process involved in designing and conducting a research project for a dissertation and the course will cover all aspects of the research process: identifying a research topic, doing a literature review, choosing a methodology, data-gathering, data analysis and writing-up.


  • Doing a literature review
  • Choosing a quantitative method: surveys, statistical data-sets
  • Choosing a qualitative method: interviews, ethnography, focus groups, and visual data
  • Clarifying the research question and writing a research proposal
  • Writing an ethics proposal
  • Analysing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Analysing visual data
  • Writing up

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you will:

  • have the skills to write a comprehensive critical literature review and understand the links between research questions and research methods
  • understand how to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.