Postgraduate taught 

Global Mental Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Research Methods (Qualitative, Quantitative and Health Economics) MED5272

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide an overview of research methods including qualitative, quantitative and health economic approaches. The course will equip students to critically appraise research methodologies employed in peer-reviewed research papers.


This course is made up of lectures and seminars in semester 1.

Excluded Courses





■ Systematic review protocol, 1200 words (50% weighting) (ILO 2, 3)


■ Critique of research methodology in the form of a 15-minute presentation or podcast (50% weighting) (ILO 1, 4)

Course Aims

This course aims to equip students with an understanding of the research process, enabling them to design, conduct, analyse and write up a substantive project dissertation based on research or structured inquiry. This will include developing skills to systematically search, synthesise and present literature, and in different methodological approaches to research in population health.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Construct research questions and justify a suitable methodology for primary or secondary research which adds to existing theoretical and/or empirical knowledge.


2. Identify and apply effective strategies for literature reviews, including systematic reviews.


3. Critically evaluate and apply relevant research designs and methodological concepts and procedures in a range of economic settings (including low- and middle-income countries).


4. Discuss principles and practices of research ethics, governance and dissemination in a range of economic settings (including low- and middle-income countries).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.