Introduction to Social Research (SW4027)

Introduction to Social Research (SW4027)
This module will provide an overview of key issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

12 weekly lectures and 10 hours self-directed study.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

October 2016 and bespoke options available.

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at anyone with a professional interest in research.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module will provide an overview of key issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care. The module will equally consider qualitative and quantitative approaches. Students will consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of the research process whilst developing their capacity to act as independent and critical thinkers.

The module will offer students opportunities to explore a wide range of relevant material including: 

  • Introduction to research: paradigms, key issues; including ethical and political debates
  • Critical writing, reading and appraisal
  • Project Design including consideration of quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Evidence based practice and ‘making research count’
  • Research and evaluation, and new directions for social research

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

2,500 word essay

Academic Expertise

Stephen Gethin-Jones, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate key issues and debates associated with social care research
  • Critically discuss the distinction and application of qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Systematically explore and develop critiques of and for research practice.

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Diploma. We offer further progression with the MA Professional Development and Practice. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees £650 per 20 credit module 2016/17

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361