UCC CPD courses

Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals MH6014


Fact File

  • Title

    Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals MH6014

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    As below.

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    (17th of June 2019) : Date for 2020 to be updated once confirmed

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


Module Content:  Advanced information literacy strategies, academic writing, ethical considerations, methodological approaches, processes involved in research protocol development, data collection, data coding, analysis and interpretation, systematic research appraisal and synthesis.

Module Objective: To develop advanced knowledge of research information literacy resources, research designs and methods. To develop proficiency in relation to research appraisal and synthesis.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate research problems and consequential opportunities for research
  • Develop a deep understanding of a variety of research designs
  • Appraise and interpret research based evidence
  • Explain data analytical processes and procedures
  • Devise a Research Protocol/Ethical Application
  • Promote understanding of relevant institutional guidelines to obtain research ethics approval.



Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 16hr(s) Lectures (Workshops);
184hr(s) Distance Learning; Discussion Board Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

Updates for 2020/21 to be confirmed in due course.

Orientation Friday 30th August 2019 09.00-18.00

Class dates for 2019/20:

Class Date  Venue  

Monday 23 Sept 2019 09.00-14.00


Monday 7 October 2019 09.00-14.00


Monday 21 October 2019 09.00-14.00




Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (3,000 word research proposal assignment - 180 marks; E-tivities - 20 marks).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%.


The Continuing Professional Development modules in Nursing and Midwifery are open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants must satisfy the following:  

Normally hold a Honours primary degree (minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I):

  • in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences)
  • in any discipline and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years' work experience in a relevant field.

Applicants must be practising professionals (Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Education or other allied disciplines) with registration with the relevant professional regulatory body. Applicants for MH6014 must have achieved a pass result in a postgraduate research methods module equivalent to NU6005 (10 credits).

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Students will be encouraged to take one or two modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form from the link below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Co-ordinator,

CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form for MH6014 2020/21:

Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals MH6014 

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

Applications for this module are now open.