Accessibility statement

Clinical Research Methods - PSY00085M

« Back to module search

  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Hannah Hobson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The first half of this module is focused on methods that are central to the field of clinical research that are commonly applied to studies of development and disorders. Students will be introduced to key research designs and methods in the context of current research into development and disorders. The methods covered will include case studies, cross sectional versus longitudinal designs, clinical trials and intervention studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and service evaluation. The second half of this module will support students to complete an independent systematic review within the domains of development and disorders research.

Module learning outcomes

  • To explain key methods used in clinical research, as applied to development and disorders (including case studies, cross-sectional, longitudinal, intervention trials, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and service evaluations)
  • Be able to select the appropriate clinical research method to design a research study in this field
  • Examine the strengths and limitations of key clinical research methods and use this knowledge to critically evaluate relevant papers
  • To carry out the process of a systematic review and to effectively present the review in written format

Module content

  • Case studies
  • Cross sectional designs
  • Longitudinal designs
  • Clinical trials and intervention studies
  • Systematic reviews
  • Meta-analyses
  • Service Evaluations


Task Length % of module mark
Systematic Review
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Systematic Review
N/A 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

Information will be provided via the module VLE site.

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.