MSc Global Health

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Research Methods

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI78000
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of research methods, and how they can be applied to global health research. The course therefore aims to provide students with an understanding of the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and their use in global health. It further aims to give students a background on the theoretical paradigms that underpin and influence research approaches, as well as an understanding of the various issues that may arise during field research when carrying out research into global health. In addition, the course also provides students with the knowledge and tools to present both primary and secondary research in effective ways. Finally, the module concludes by discussing the role of ethics when conducting research into global health. The module therefore enables students to gain knowledge and theoretical understanding of a wide range of research approaches, as well as enabling students to apply their research knowledge and skills to research situations.  


Provide knowledge regarding the underlying principles in qualitative and quantitative research in Global Health.

For students to become critically competent in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches.

Deepen students understanding and awareness of ethical concerns and implications associated with researching global health matters.

Learning outcomes

To understand the qualitative and quantitative approaches to global health research.

Equip students with the knowledge and necessary tools needed in order to conduct social research in the context of global health.

To be able to reflect upon ethical concerns and implications of global health research.

Assessment methods

Contribution to Discussion Board - 10%

Final Essay - 90%

Feedback methods

Written feedback following submission

Additional notes

Please note that these units are intensive 8-week short courses, predominately independent-study, with no face-to-face learning

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