There are two modules in this Masters programme. These are required to be taken in sequence for the award of the MSc qualification. Both modules are designed around learning outcomes that will help you gain skills that are essential to undertaking effective research. These skills, academic and communication skills, managing one’s own learning and working with others are also skills that are directly linked to successful employment and to preparation for a clinical doctorate qualification, if desired.
The curriculum is integrated in such a way as to be able to deliver a step-by-step approach to help build research skills that will have immediate ‘real life’ applicability. In order to do this successfully the programme is developed around a case-example approach to learning. Case study vignettes and current policy documents will be drawn from our stakeholders in the NHS, community organisations and charities. These real life case studies underpin our commitment to provide skills that are needed by employers and in further postgraduate study.
Module 1 will help you identify an evaluation practice issue that is specifically relevant to your interests, and in addition will introduce methods of analysis. You will gain direct experience through a consultation with stakeholders to gain different views on the issue, undertake a literature review on the topic area and learn to prepare an evaluation proposal, thus integrating academic skills and oral and written communication skills.
Module 2 will consolidate learning with a supervised, independent research project that builds on skills learned in Module 7. You will learn to manage and carry out all aspects of a practice-based research project including developing research questions and hypotheses, reviewing empirical, theoretical and policy documents, collecting and analysing information and writing a report.
The lecture-based teaching consists of ten morning sessions, all of which occur in the first term. Subsequently teaching occurs one-to-one with a research supervisor. You can expect a minimum of 15 hours’ supervision over the course of the programme. Lectures are delivered by members of the research team at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, who have many years’ experience providing teaching on research methods to Masters and Doctoral students. Staff members providing supervision are similarly experienced, ranging from senior lecturer level to Professor.