Faculty of Health Sciences

Quantitative Methods

Continuing Professional Development Individual module

Level of study

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What you'll study

This module will provide students with a critical understanding of the role of quantitative methods in health research. This is essential if research students are to evaluate quantitative evidence, design quantitative studies and carry out statistical analysis. The module will stand alone, or can also be taken as part of the MRes Health Studies. It will also be available as part of the PGTS.


  • To understand the principles of measurement (levels; error; probability; reliability; validity)
  • To understand quantitative research designs (experiments; surveys)
  • To understand quantitative data analysis (descriptive; inferential; factor analysis; item response theory)
  • To gain expertise in using a computerised statistical package (SPSS)

Distinctive features:

  • The module will take students from the basics of measurement to the use of SPSS
  • The module will be delivered exclusively online and asynchronously
  • The module will use a blog as part of the assessment process

This module is designed to be accessible to all eligible students including distance learners. Content will mainly be delivered asynchronously on-line through a combination of fixed sessions (articulate power point presentations), prescribed reading, online discussions, and—if required—synchronous group and individual tutorials.

Starts in: Duration:
September 12 weeks (1 semester)

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Entry requirements

Entry is open to anyone working in a health and social care environment.

Candidates will normally be expected to hold a bachelor’s degree with a classification of at least 2:2. Alternative qualifications will be considered through the matriculation process.

Additionally candidates should demonstrate evidence of recent successful study at level 6 in the 5 years prior to enrolment.

Students will be required to have access to a networked computer and a recent version of SPSS.

Fees and funding

Home/EU: £1,540 (per 20 credit module)

International: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk 

Funding may be available through your employer.