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XX50206: Advanced interdisciplinary research design

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (units for MRes programmes)
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: TBC

Aims: The module will fulfil the ESRC requirement for training in core research design, collection and analysis skills by addressing the on the ground characteristics and challenges of 'doing' interdisciplinary research. On completion of the module students will be able to critically assess concepts such as interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. They will have an acquired knowledge and practical skills of how a range of research methods can be integrated in an ethically sound manner to examine interdisciplinary problems, and will have developed an appreciation of the importance of pertinent inter-disciplinary thinking.

Skills: Module Specific Skills
* Understand and communicate the complexities of defining and describing interdisciplinary research.
* Appreciate the inherent and necessary interdisciplinarity of studying contemporary social science issues.
* Demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills in their research design and written work.
Discipline Specific Skills
* Acquire relevant critical skills for the evaluation of evidence.
* Acquire the ability to address interdisciplinary problems from a range of social science perspectives.
* Understand the ethical aspects of interdisciplinary research.
Personal and Key Skills
* Develop good communications skills when presenting to an interdisciplinary audience.
* Time management.
* Written and oral communication
* Lateral, critical and analytical reasoning
* Planning and implementing applied research projects.

Content: This unit will introduce all interdisciplinary students to the epistemological issues underlying interdisciplinary social science methodologies, the implications of interdisciplinarity for academic research and policy relevance, the interdisciplinary research process including the framing of research questions and practical research strategies, interdisciplinary participant and user engagement, ethics in interdisciplinary research design, and effective research dissemination.

Programme availability:

XX50206 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences


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