Research for Professional Practice

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed

Contact details:

  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to enable you to critically appraise evidence related to clinical practice. You will further develop understanding of key methods used in research, evaluation and improvement science which will enable you to become competent at employing evidence based practice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Utilise an appropriate search strategy to retrieve, review and critically appraise information and published literature within your field of practice.
  • Appraise where different types of research sit within the hierarchy of evidence and the application of evidence to practice guidelines and policy.
  • Critically appraise strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research design, methods, and analysis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key processes and stages in research, evaluation or improvement methods.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the key ethical issues in research, the role of ethics committees and research governance.
  • Explain the benefits and importance of patient and public involvement in research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and take responsibility for seeking guidance in relation to completion of a literature review and project proposal.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Study Skills:
    • Critical appraisal and reflection at BSc (Hons) level
    • Project planning
    • Undertaking a literature review
    • Writing a research proposal or improvement project.
  • The role of clinical guidelines
  • Tools for appraising evidence
  • Research ethics, the role of ethics committees and research governance
  • Research design, methods, and analysis, including basic statistical terminology
  • Evaluation and improvement methods
  • The benefits and importance of patient and public involvement
  • How research findings and evidence are disseminated.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars with group discussion
  • Individual student supervision
  • E-learning.


You will complete a dissertation comprising of either:

  • A comprehensive literature review and a research proposal related to an area of interest within your scope of practice. 


  • A review of current evidence and guidelines on an area of interest within your scope of practice, with a plan for an improvement project consisting of an audit or evaluation of the selected practice.

You will not be expected to undertake the research proposed.

Word count: 8,000 

Course leader

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.


Supervision of the project will be through a named supervisor with eight hours of supervision per student. Supervision will be organised using a combination of small supervision group work, and one to one tutorials, and will include opportunities for formative feedback. You will be given further guidance on the expectations of the dissertation during the module.

Entry requirements

You must be registered on a BSc programme of study with the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey.

You also should have completed the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Recognition of Prior Credit (RPC) process to gain your level 4 and 5 credits. 

Fees and funding

Fees are to be confirmed

How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications close on 26 September 2023 or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH