Taught course

Research Methods in Health and Social Care

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Requirements for postgraduate study are a relevant Honours degree. Candidates who do not fulfil these requirements would be asked to demonstrate, either through portfolio or by evidence of relevant prefessional development, their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods in Health and Social Care is an exciting and groundbreaking course. The course aims to provide postgraduate training in research skills and methods and to increase the capability of health and social care professionals from any discipline to undertake high quality research. It is ideally suited to health professionals pursuing a professional development pathway in research. The course is also designed to provide research training for students registered for research degrees (MSc [by research], MA, MPhil and PhD). On the course, you will meet and work with a multidisciplinary range of students and this will contribute to a rich and challenging learning environment.
Research is an activity that has a whole body of knowledge and writing devoted to it, and a range of approaches that come from a variety of traditions. In the course you will be introduced to a variety of research methodologies and invited to consider their usefulness as a means of generating knowledge in a topic area of your choosing. You will be invited to critically evaluate the various roles and limitations of the research designs and methods under review and to consider the impact of research design on knowledge generated in your topic area. This will involve becoming acquainted with the philosophies and concepts behind a variety of research designs.
When you successfully complete this course, you will have a good, working knowledge of the range of research methodologies and methods used in health and social care research and have developed a critical understanding of their usefulness and limitations. The course will also equip health and social care practitioners with the research skills required to design and conduct a piece of research within their chosen paradigm.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Post-registration Recruitment
01772 893836