Research Paper

Course code 74342

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

This course enables you to research a topic in an area relevant to your study, and to communicate your research findings in an essay, a report, or another format agreed upon by the supervisor in conjunction with the course leader.  This course aims to advance your skills in research and writing, and to provide you with specialist, in-depth knowledge of a subject in which you have a special interest.  It introduces you to the experience of working with an academic supervisor, and enables you to develop skills in assimilating academic peer review of your work. 

Please ensure you read the admission requirements below. Your topic must be approved by your Programme Leader before your enrolment is approved.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this  course will be able to

  • Identify key issues within the area of the major subject, and formulate research questions capable of addressing those issues
  • Select and justify appropriate and ethically sound methodologies for undertaking research
  • Analyse and evaluate relevant literature and data
  • Demonstrate personal reflection on and evaluation of the learning process.
  • Present research findings in an appropriate format that demonstrates:
    • critical thinking
    • logical development of argument
    • independent judgement
    • clear conclusions
    • mastery of referencing and bibliographic conventions appropriate to their research material

The course encompasses

  • Identifying an area of interest for investigation.
  • Ethical, methodological and theoretical issues relating to research.
  • Formulating a research question and hypothesis.
  • Research planning and writing to a timeline.
  • Searching the literature for relevant materials.
  • Gathering, analysing and evaluating data.
  • Using appropriate methodologies.
  • Presenting findings, analysis and conclusions.
  • Reflecting on the research experience.

The course materials provide students with some instruction in research skills and methods to help guide them through the research process.  


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Admission requirements

For your enrolment to be approved, you must:

  • Have successfully completed at least 60 credits at Level 6.
  • Discuss your research plans with your Programme Leader. The Programme Leader will approve your research topic and appoint an academic supervisor. Academic supervisors will be lecturers or academic staff members from your major subject area.
  • Once you have had your research plans approved by the Programme Leader, your Course Leader will approve your enrolment. This process must be completed four weeks before the start of the trimester. For more information contact us.


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