UCC CPD courses

Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare NU6304


Fact File

  • Title

    Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare NU6304

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    é900.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants for NU6304 must have achieved a pass result in a postgraduate research methods module equivalent to NU6310 (10 credits). See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    24th July 2020

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue


  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Runs from Oct 2020 to Nov 2020


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

  • Show an understanding of research integrity.
  • Recognise suitable research problems and the resulting opportunities for research.
  • Apply methods to search the literature showing an understanding of the most appropriate search resources to use.
  • Investigate different research designs discriminating between approaches.
  • Analyse research based evidence demonstrating skills in synthesising the literature.
  • Summarise methods used for data analysis.
  • Produce a Research Report.

Module Objective: To introduce students to research designs and methods and to facilitate the development of advanced knowledge of research information literacy resources. To equip students with the necessary skills required to appraise and synthesise research studies.

Module Content: Research integrity, advanced information literacy strategies, methodological approaches, research protocol development including ethical considerations, data handling (collection, coding, analysing and interpreting), systematic research appraisal and synthesis, academic writing.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Duration:  200hr(s) Other (Online Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2,000 word Accumulative Report -120 marks; On-line activities- 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.


  • Applicants must be qualified healthcare professionals registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence.
  • Applicants must have a primary degree, NFQ Level 8 or equivalent.
  • Applicants for NU6304 must have achieved a pass result in a postgraduate research methods module equivalent to NU6310 (10 credits).

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 for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules 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.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfil this entry requirement may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Some such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission to such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.




Fees and Costs

€900 plus €35 application fee. Confirmation of the Fees will be available 2021/2022.

How Do I Apply

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


Application Form for NU6304

 CPD Module Application Form 2020/21

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

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

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

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