The aim of this course is to facilitate participants to become informed consumers and producers of research.
Researchers in the social sciences must have a good understanding of and grounding in both the practice and philosophies of social science research. This course facilitates participants to become informed consumers and producers of research. Participants will explore different approaches to knowledge construction and examine various research paradigms, their approaches to enquiry and their underlying assumptions. Participants will evaluate a range of research designs and methodological processes and will have opportunities to consider the principles which underpin and guide research.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.
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About this course
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In this course, particiapants will learn how to:
- Define and formulate research problems and questions, and, where appropriate, formulate hypotheses that can be tested.
- Understand the rationale for using particular quantitative research methods.
- Understand the relationship between empirical research and theory generation and testing.
- Understand and apply the concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability, and replicability (recognising that there are different perspectives on how these may be defined).
Linked programmesPgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, PgCert Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences,
100% coursework - (a) Class Test - two timed online quizzes (worth 20% each), relating to the core topics. Quizzes will comprise a mix of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Each quiz will last 30 minutes in duration (40%) and (b) Written assignment - participants will be required to critique a selected systematic review article.
This course is delivered fully online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 27 January 2020.
Degree in the behavourial or social sciences (e.g. psychology, geography, political science, health econmics, sociology or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).
Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.
Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf
International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration
- 27 January 2020
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
ApplyHow to apply
The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)
- 27 January 2020
Fees and funding
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:
Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
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