Leading to a postgraduate certificate, this part-time online programme is designed for UK based and international postgraduate students who are committed to developing their research skills in a practice or policy social care context, as independent researchers. It will also be useful if you would like to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of research more generally. It is designed in such a way that all the content will be provided and delivered in an interactive teaching and learning style electronically online.
You’ll cover three modules taught over three semesters in one year. The course is designed to enable you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the standards set out in Vitae’s internationally recognised Research Development Framework. This framework has identified all the necessary identical skills, competencies and knowledge areas to enable somebody to become a competent independent researcher and ensures compliance with the requirements of UK social research governing bodies.
This course will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to undertake research in social work, social care and/or social policy.
The programme will:
Three modules constitute the year-long programme:
SW4800 Themes and Perspectives in Social Research: This module will provide an overview of the key issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care. It will consider the key paradigms and methodologies that inform and shape social research.
SW4801 Doing Social Research: This module will enable you to develop skills for conducting and managing social research projects. You will engage with ethical issues related to the design of research projects and will relate these to a range of different research methods.
SW4802 Developing Research Skills in Social Care: This module will develop a range of skills which will enable you to build a career in social research whether in the world of academia or in the world of business and industry.
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On successful completion of the programme, you will have advanced knowledge and a critical understanding in the following areas:
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Teaching and learning environment will be developed through interactive methods online and self-directed study. Extensive use will be made of adobe and skype to provide teaching and learning sessions that are interactive, non didactive and constructivist, through mutual shared learning and participatory dialogue. The emphasis of these sessions will be on students being prepared beforehand by undertaking the appropriate reading, to enable open and creative learning to take place within the learning zone through adobe. To enable these creative learning spaces to develop, the programme will be based on the principle of student led individual research and reading in preparation for the teaching and learning sessions and online self-directed learning.
Academic assessments include essays, practical assignments, case studies, research proposal and critique. Ethics application and critique.
The course to provide the key skills for students to either commence MPhil/PhD studies, be equipped to undertake research projects in their social care work place and/or to work as an independent researcher.
Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process, contact:
Kate Moss, Programme Administrator
School of Social Work
University of Central Lancashire
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893450