Professional Credit Award

Module Title: Advanced Research Methods

Credit Weighting:      10 ECTS

Module Description: To meet current and future healthcare challenges, nurses and midwives must be able to source, evaluate and use the best available evidence to support their practice. In addition they need to become proactive in developing  new evidence based  knowledge through research activity relevant to their clinical speciality. This module aims to develop nurses and midwives capacity to integrate research into their practice. The module has two major goals.  Firstly, to provide students with the required knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of research, research methodologies and methods of data collection this should provide them with the skills to interpret and implement research findings in their practice. Secondly, it will provide students with the  key skill needed to promote their  independence in completing their own piece of research under the supervision of a supervisor. Therefore, this module has a specific focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills of “doing” research.

The module will be delivered  using blended learning over 12 weeks and is subdivided into four units as follows:

Unit 1: Sourcing and interpreting evidence
Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Research
Unit 3:  Qualitative methodologies (Methodological & Practical Considerations)
Unit 4: Quantitative methodologies (Methodological & Practical Considerations)

The module team are active researchers who enjoy sharing their experience of real life research.  

Target Market 
This module welcomes applications from nurses and midwives irrespective of practice setting.


For further details contact:

Mari Moran (Mornings: Wednesday - Friday)

School of Nursing & Midwifery 
NUI Galway