The course is structured in two phases. Phase one consists of five taught research modules totalling120 level 7 credits. These modules may be taken over a period of two-four years, but must be completed before phase two begins. The modules are:
Criminological Research (30 credits)
will seek to establish a grounded and critical understanding of social and criminological research methodology and application
Research Dilemmas and Strategies (30 credits)
is designed to develop advanced and specialist knowledge in the fields of (1) research strategies and (2) philosophical assumptions underlying research decisions
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (30 credits)
is designed to give a thorough appreciation of handling complex data sets, analysing quantitative data and presenting numerical data graphically in an accessible fashion
Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis (15 credits)
will extend basic understanding of numerical data analysis
Research into Practice (15 credits)
will give you the opportunity to focus on managing your research from start to finish with a requirement to cost your research project, consideration of funding opportunities and the need to demonstrate how you would disseminate your research through publication and presentation
The research modules are designed to enable you to gain a complete understanding of research design and methodology as a prerequisite to undertaking an independent research study applied to your particular practice discipline. You must achieve an average of 60 percent across all five modules in order to progress to phase two. If you choose to step off the course during phase one you may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Research Design (Criminology and Criminal Justice) (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Research Design(Criminology and Criminal Justice)(120 credits) depending on the achievement of the appropriate number of credits.
Phase two consists of an independent research study leading to a thesis of 50,000–55,000 words and examined at doctoral level in part by viva voce (oral exam). Phase two builds on the work undertaken in phase one and leads to the production of original work of publish able quality. Phase two will take a minimum of two years to complete. If you step off the course or cannot complete the course you may be eligible for the award of Master of Arts in Applied Research Design (Criminology and Criminal Justice).