Research Methodologies

Starts January and July

Compulsory for MSc schemes, MRes and Professional Doctorate

This module is compulsory for anyone intending to undertake a full MSc or who has been accepted for a research degree (Research Masters or Professional Doctorate). It runs twice a yearand normally takes five months to complete. The additional length of this module is to allow you the time to work with your supervisor in developing the research proposal for your MSc, MRes or Doctoral research: it is essential that you discuss your research ideas with the IBERS Distance Learning Biotech team in order for us to match you up with a suitable supervisor.

This module will provide a framework for developing your research skills in the context of your own research question. IBERS Distance Learning will pair you up with a supervisor whose research field is in your area of interest and your supervisor will then guide you as you develop your ideas. Alongside evolving your own research ideas you will develop skills in:

Principles of research design
Conducting scientific literature reviews
Looking at the wider context of your research
Ethical considerations in research
Evaluating and planning data collection
When to use qualitative, quantitative and/or spatial analytical approaches

The module will culminate with you designing a research proposal, in collaboration with your employer and supervisor, which you can use as the basis of your dissertation or thesis.