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UCC CPD courses

Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals MH6014

Course Fact File
DurationSeptember - November
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date12/08/2024

Runs online with 1 inperson workshop

Start Date12/09/2024


Module Content: Advanced information literacy strategies, academic writing, systematic research appraisal and synthesis, the role of theory and knowledge (epistemology) in research and enquiry, research design and methodological approaches, processes involved in research protocol development, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, ethical principles in healthcare research.Development of research proposal/systematic review protocol/quality improvement project relevant to an area of practice or defined healthcare problem.

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

  • Distinguish the philosophical underpinnings and theoretical frameworks/perspectives of healthcare enquiry and analyse how these influence the subsequent conduct of research and enquiry
  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise pertinent literature, including interpretation of findings
  • Formulate appropriate research/review questions or hypotheses relating to a defined healthcare problem
  • Explore a variety of enquiry methodologies, data analytical processes and procedures so as to address identified research/review question(s)
  • Justify the choice of a research design that addresses the identified research question(s)
  • Outline principles of research integrity including ethical guideline.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation for Semester I on 12th September 2024

This is a blended module which runs Sept 16 - Nov 6h. All the workshop dates are face to face.

Semester I -  Runs from 16th September 2024 to 6th November 2024

Teaching Method(s): 20hr(s) Lectures (Direct class contact hours); 180hr(s) Other (Online Learning, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Please contact the Nursing and Midwifery should you have any specific questions on this module. By telephone. 


 Workshop DatesVenue  

16th Sept 2024

In person (BHSC)

30th Sept 2024   

In person (BHSC)

14th October 2024

In person (BHSC)

6th November 2024

In person (BHSC)













Dates are subject to slight changes. 


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%.

Why Choose

Skills and Careers Information

MH6014 - Core module across many programmes


Module Name Module CodeRequirement 1 Requirement 2Requirement 3Requirement 4
Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals MH6014 Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module; Applicants must provide evidence, a letter of support, that they will be working in a critical care environment (for a minimum of 19.5 hours/week); Applicants must provide a letter of support from their respective Director of Nursing and confirmation of having secured a clinical facilitator/preceptor for the duration of the module. 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. 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 which licludes the €35 application fee. 

How To Apply

To apply for this module click the Apply Now button.  Once you have created your profile you can start your application by selecting the option below:

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • The full module fee of €900 will be payable on submission of your application.

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