Research Design And Statistics MED6030

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 6 (SCQF level 12)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This module prepares trainees for their thesis work by covering issues of research design, critical literature analysis and synthesis, methodology, and data processing.


Trainees attend theory-based lectures in the fields of research methods and design. Private study time is allocated on some teaching days also.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Presentation - 100%

Course Aims

To develop a critical understanding of research design issues as applied to clinical psychology.

To assist trainees to select appropriate research strategies and develop applied research plans.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

All learning outcomes are benchmarked to the standards of proficiency and the competence frameworks stipulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).


By the end of this course, students will be able to:


Apply a constant and integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas


Critically analyse research across a range of methodological and analytic approaches and be able to justify this evaluation with reference to the evidence base and current good practice.


Select, classify, and critically appraise a range of research methods (including data analytic approaches) across a range of clinical and theoretical contexts.


Communicate at the standard of published academic work and/or critical dialogue and justify judgements about the quality, strengths, and weaknesses of published research.


Use a range of specific skills, concepts and practices including methodological design, statistical analysis, statistical power and reliability

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must satisfactorily complete all learning tasks, placement activities, and evaluations to receive credit.