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Research Methods in Humanitarian Affairs - HEA00098M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jo Rose
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
D Summer Vacation 2023-24 to Autumn Term 2024-25

Module aims

This module provides the research methods learning of the MSc. The students will be provided the opportunity to learn a breadth of research methods and design approaches such as quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and participatory methodological techniques that will enable them to conduct sound research that generates robust evidence to inform policy and programme decisions. The students will debate and discuss ethical implications including, health and safety issues and various international and local regulations and approaches of how to manage these. Most importantly, the module aims to examine the voice/role of affected communities in policy making and programming in humanitarian affairs.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Students will apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research skills to develop research projects in humanitarian affairs.
  • Students will understand gathering evidence in humanitarian situations to strengthen practice and inform policy.
  • Students will translate research skills into strengthening humanitarian responses as well as developing new approaches and methods.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Students will understand qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research skills.
  • Students will understand the ethical and practical implications of conducting field research.
  • Students will develop skills in designing, implementing, managing and evaluating social science research.

Module content

This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop research skills and establish the foundation for conducting their dissertation research projects. This module builds on the previous three modules on humanitarian theory, protection and delivery of humanitarian assistance. Most humanitarian workers conduct informal research and evaluations when they are working. Therefore, the research methods module is to consolidate this knowledge and establish an academic framework for research skills.


Task Length % of module mark
3000 word research proposal
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 word research proposal
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be provided on the standard proforma within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Babbie, E. and Benaquisto, L. (2002) Fundamentals of Social Research. Nelson, Toronto.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.