Research Methods in Risk and Safety Management



To provide the theoretical background for conducting postgraduate project work. The course provides a valuable opportunity for graduates to acquire necessary skills and training to conduct research at postgraduate level. This includes giving the student an opportunity to develop ideas for a project or dissertation in risk and safety management.


Who is this for?

All postgraduate students.

Outline content

  • Study skills review
  • Introduction – why do research?
  • Defining the research problem
  • Literature search and review techniques
  • Research methodologies including statistical techniques, questionnaires and interviewing
  • Project analysis and design
  • Ethics in research
  • Project planning
  • Time management
  • Gantt charts
  • Presentation skills

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Communicate findings in an accepted format
  2. Assess previous research completed in a subject area
  3. Critically appraise research data and assimilate, integrate and discuss in a logical way
  4. Demonstrate compliance with appropriate ethical standards related to any research undertaken
  5. Produce an appropriate project description and specification


80 learning hours

Available as part of our MSc programme

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What prior study is recommended?

Education, skills or experience equivalent to undergraduate level.

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