Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Designing Criminological Research
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research proposal  3000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Research proposal  3000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in the philosophy of social science and their relevance to their research topics;

Demonstrate a comprehension of the principles of research design and strategy in the field of Criminology

Demonstrate an apppreciation of a range of research methods relevant to criminologists and in doing so, understand how methodological decisions are made

Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues which a researcher in the field of Criminology, may encounter

Understand the process of, and show an ability to, formulate an appropriate research question

Develop the skills required to design and write a research proposal

Brief description

This module will provide students with the knowledge base to design Criminological research. It will provide students with the key qualitative and quantitative research skills which researchers across the field of social sciences are expected to be familiar with. This module will equip students with the skills needed to design a research project, such as understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of research techniques, developing research questions, managing the research process and identifying ethical issues. Student will critically reflect upon the research process. Students have an opportunity to apply this knowledge practically by developing their own research proposal.


Philosophy of Social Science
Qualitative research design
Quantitative research design
Understanding different forms of data gathering
Evaluating qualitative and quantitative methods in a Criminological context
Making informed methodological decisions
Strategies for constructing research proposals

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Creative Problem Solving Students will need to understand, assess, and resolve ethical issues in the process of designing their research proposal
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be required to critically evaluate a range of qualitative and quantitative methods
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop the skills to design a research proposal, a skill which will translate into future research endeavours


This module is at CQFW Level 7