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Research opportunities

Professional Project

The professional project module provides you with an opportunity to consider an area of interest in greater depth. It should illustrate your ability to analyse and synthesise relevant research literature, present arguments supported by relevant evidence and logical discussion and acknowledge sources of ideas and information. The fundamental requirement for this aspect of your programme is that the work is well planned and presented. Projects can take a variety of forms, including reviews of research literature, clinical audits, and evaluation of evidence based service development.

  • A Professional Project can be undertaken as part of most of our Masters degree programmes. To check if it is available within your degree, consult the course structure pages for your programme (from the Masters A-Z)
  • To aid you in your decision about whether to study for a dissertation or professional project please see the guidance in your current student handbook or consult your course director

Dissertation

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to consider an area of interest in greater depth. It should illustrate your ability to analyse and synthesise relevant literature, present arguments supported by relevant evidence and logical discussion and acknowledge sources of ideas and information. The fundamental requirement for this aspect of your degree is that the work is well planned and presented.
The dissertation should be the product of your own experience, reading and reflection. Although original work is always welcome, you will not be expected to engage in substantial original research. Although we encourage empirical work when appropriate, ‘library based’ dissertations based on your reactions and responses to secondary sources are acceptable at this level.

Further information can be found using the Masters Level Module index.

Modules

Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Health Care

Gain a clear understanding of the concepts and theories surrounding the issues of research and critical appraisal in health care. This is a core module on most taught masters degrees offered by Warwick Medical School and is available as a Postgraduate Award. It is available in both face to face and distance learning formats.
The aim of this module is to help you to gain a better understanding of evidence-based health care, research and critical appraisal. As such, this module will increase your ability to use research as part of your clinical or research / management role. Students are encouraged to think deeply and develop their critical skills. The course includes a large practical component in which you will have the opportunity to practice the new skills that you have been taught, and to undertake some of the tasks necessary for the course assignment.

Visit the module page for more information.

Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Develop knowledge and understanding of qualitative methods as used in health-related research and develop your skills in the use of these methods. This module is available on some taught masters degrees offered by Warwick Medical School and is available as a Postgraduate Award.

  • Gain the capability to use these research methods appropriately for undertaking research and evaluation both as part of postgraduate study and in your working environment
  • This module may be taken to satisfy the research methods requirements of WMS Masters degree programmes, where applicable.

Visit the module page for more information.

Epidemiology and Statistics

The Epidemiology and Statistics module will help you become familiar with various study designs that are used in epidemiology. The module will cover the rationale for using each study design as well as the types of results produced. This module is available on some taught masters degrees offered by Warwick Medical School and is available as a Postgraduate Award.
You will explore key statistical principles and techniques such as hypothesis testing and estimation including how to use these techniques to analyse and interpret epidemiological studies.

The module consists of two complementary parts:

  • Epidemiology

Populations and considering illness in populations
Use of routinely available data in epidemiology
Measures of disease
Direct and indirect standardisation, years of life lost, life expectancy and DALYS
Absolute and relative measures of risk
Causality, bias and confounding
Study design including cross-sectional, case control, cohort, clinical trials, ecological studies

  • Statistics

The different types of data
Measures of central tendency and dispersion
Probability theory and statistical distributions
Point estimation and confidence intervals
Principles of hypothesis testing and sample size calculation
Linear models
Non-parametric tests

Visit the module page for more information.

Design, Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiological Research

Gain a systematic understanding of the key issues in the design, statistical analysis and interpretation of the common types of epidemiological study. This module is available on some taught masters degrees offered by Warwick Medical School and is available as a Postgraduate Award.

  • This module builds on the material covered by the module Epidemiology and Statistics (a prerequisite unless you can show evidence of equivalent knowledge/expertise), allowing you to further develop your research skills
  • Learn about issues in the design, analysis and interpretation of: case-control studies; cohort studies; randomized controlled trials; and trial data meta-analyses
  • Also, other practical issues in common epidemiological study designs (such as survey methods)

Aims:The module aims to give students a systematic understanding of the key issues in the design, statistical analysis and interpretation of the common types of epidemiological study.

It is designed to further develop the research skills gained in the existing module Epidemiology and Statistics.

Visit the module page for more information.

Mixed Methods for Health Research

The capability to use mixed methods appropriately has become vital for health-related research whether undertaken as part of postgraduate study or within the healthcare setting.
This five day intensive course aims to introduce participants to mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methodologies. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding and research skills necessary to put mixed methods into practice, both for evidence review and empirical studies.

This course is designed for those who have some experience or knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods in health research. It is suitable for PhD students, research active/interested health and social care professionals as well as more experienced researchers wishing to expand their skill set. The course is as an accredited course leading to a University of Warwick Postgraduate Award (PGA Qualification), 20 CATs.

The course is structured around three overarching themes:

1) Introduction and core principles of mixed methods research
2) data analysis, transformation and integration
3) synthesis and pragmatic approaches to mixed methods research.

Within the three themes, key areas such as developing a mixed methods research question, using and developing your mixed methods design, approaches to sampling, data collection and analysis and mixed methods publishing and reviewing will be covered.

Students undertaking this module will be required to have successfully completed at least one module on quantitative research methods related to health (for example, Epidemiology and Statistics) and one module on qualitative research methods related to health (for example, Qualitative Research Methods in Health) or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience (for example, published a research paper using one of the research approaches).

Visit the module page for more information.

Student research opportunities outside of the Department

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Academic Support Librarian

Your Academic Support Librarian provides targeted support in your subject area, helping you to develop information and research skills during your course.

Support and training is available in:

  • literature searching
  • finding, using, and evaluating information
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • reference management tools
  • using digital tools

Browse a full range of Library courses, visit and enrol on the dedicated Moodle learning page.

It is an excellent starting point for any student researcher. You can access subject support with dedicated discipline key electronic sources, contacts, resources, professional bodies, as well as guidance and other resources related to studying and conducting research in your faculty and discipline.

For interdisciplinary research and projects spanning your department and degree interests, please visit the full list of library subject support or contact the library at academicsupport@warwick.ac.uk or library@warwick.ac.uk

The Library can also buy materials for your subject. Contact the Library with requests for book purchase, skills training or for any assistance with your research at academicsupport@warwick.ac.uk

Academic Writing Day

Academic Writing Day is a full day writing workshop that runs from 10am to 4pm and include topics such as:

  • stages and requirements of writing
  • organisation and structure of assignments and essays
  • paragraph construction
  • language and style academic style
  • ethics in writing and research, referencing
  • reporting (paraphrase/summary)

The day covers all major aspects of academic writing for taught students, and is a combination of lectures and seminars. The topics aim to address in depth the challenges posed by essay/assignment writing. Check out the workshop page and book your place at the next Academic Writing Day.

After attending the Academic Writing Day you can continue developing your research skills at the Academic Writing Open Fora.

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British Conference of Undergraduate Research

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The Conference meets annually every Spring in a different British university. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. The call for papers is usually published in the autumn.

An undergraduate research conference is just like any other academic conference. There will be spoken papers, lectures, poster presentations and workshops — but each one will be delivered by undergraduate students presenting work they have done either as part of their course, internship, or individual project. For two days, you will be able to talk to undergraduate researchers from your own disciplines, and you will also learn a lot about how other disciplines approach research problems.

If you are an undergraduate student, this is a great opportunity to meet students from other universities and share your work. Many courses include opportunities to develop independent research. You might be working on a dissertation, or you may have devised your own topic for an assessment. You might have worked with an external company, or worked with a researcher over the summer to help them with their research project. All research is welcome at this conference, in any discipline taught in Higher Education.

Find out more on the BCUR website.

Please note: Conference fees are usually covered by student's own university. Check with your department before submitting to the Conference and/or registering to attend.

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EndNote training

EndNote is software which helps you to organise your references and to automatically format citations, reference lists and bibliographies in Word. It is an essential tool for any student researcher.

Useful downloads, videos, training material and support

Want to know more about managing your references, saving time and avoiding plagiarism? Sign up to one of EndNote Online Workshops.

The workshop will introduce you to your enhanced EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) account, enable you to add references to your library and use the Cite While You Write function in Microsoft Word to generate citations and bibliographies.

More support and help with Endnote endnoteweb@warwick.ac.uk (EndNote Online) or helpdesk@warwick.ac.uk (Endnote Desktop)

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Global Research Priorities (Energy) bursary

Since 2012, the Energy GRP have been supporting up to 5 Undergraduate Summer Placements, each with a bursary of up to £2,000. The Energy GRP bursaries are affiliated with the University's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), and are to help with living costs and expenses associated with a research project and will be paid directly to the student. The project normally lasts between 4 and 10 weeks and supports energy research. Students from any department are welcome to apply and the Energy GRP encourage applications from both science and non-science disciplines.

The scheme is open to all Warwick undergraduate students, usually non-finalists.

The Energy GRP are particularly interested in projects that develop connections between departments and with external partners.

Find out more on the Energy GRP website

Global Research Priorities (Materials) bursary

The Materials GRP support up to eight Summer Placements, each with an award of up to £2,000. The Materials GRP bursaries are affiliated with the University's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS), and are to help with living costs and expenses associated with students’ chosen projects. The project lasts between eight to ten weeks and must involve the study of Materials. The level of support depends on the length of the project, based on a calculation of £200 per week, up to a maximum of 10 weeks, or £2,000.

Students from any department are encouraged to apply, but they must secure their own project before they apply.

Priority is given to (in the following order):

new collaborations (i.e. where the two academic supervisors have not previously worked together)
new projects (i.e. where there is an existing link between supervisors, but a new area of research is being explored)
existing collaborations

Find out more on the Materials GRP website

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IATL Masters' Project Funding

Institude of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) has a number of Master's student funding opportunities to support innovative student projects under the following strands: Research, Collaboration and Performance.

Visit IATL's student funding page to find out more information on these and other research and funding opportunities, requirements, and deadlines.

You are welcome to discuss any aspect of these research opportunities and your application with the IATL team. Please contact the team at IATL@warwick.ac.uk

IATL Modules: Postgraduate

The Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning hosts a range of interdisciplinary postgraduate modules that encourage students from different departments and faculties to formulate relevant questions and propose novel ideas via independent and collaborative research. Some students are encouraged to further develop those ideas for publication.

Please note: Modules are available to all Masters/PGT students, but require home department approval.
IATL Modules: Undergraduate
IATL Student Ensemble

The Student Ensemble is a trans-disciplinary group of Warwick students and an alumni network that facilitates learning through performance practice. Established at the CAPITAL Centre in 2009 (with funding from the Higher Education Academy), this group has since worked with international practitioners and local communities at the Emerge Festival and Laboratory as well as visiting professionals and graduate companies.

Find out more on the IATL website

IATL Student as Producer

IATL's Student funding opportunities are in place to support innovative student projects under the following strands: Research, Collaboration and Performance.

IATL's Student as Producer (Research) funding is available to undergraduate students and taught Masters students only, who may apply for up to £1,000 for their project. Funded projects must be for research of students’ own devising, and work must be unrelated to anything they are required to do as part of their course.

IATL's Student as Producer (Collaboration) funding is available to undergraduate and taught Masters students only, who may apply for up to £2,000 for their project. The key criterion for this funding stream is that projects must be collaborative and student-led. IATL encourage students to consider the word 'collaboration' in a wide and innovative sense. Projects should always involve more than one Warwick student but students might also wish to work together with a wider interdisciplinary group of students, with members of staff, or with members of the local or international community. Their project must relate to at least one of IATL's key themes.

IATL's Student as Producer (Performance) funding is available to both postgraduate (PGR and PGT) and undergraduate students, who may apply for up to £500 for their performance project which must cover any technical costs, e.g. guidance from an approved theatre technician. Rehearsal and performance space in IATL's spaces is provided.

All IATL funding recipients need to submit a final report on completion of their project. This can take the form of a written report (1,500-2,000 words), films, podcasts, reflective journals or other resources.

Find out more on the IATL website

International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

Led and sponsored by the University of Warwick and Monash University, the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual, two-day academic conference. Using video-conferencing technology, ICUR provides undergraduate researchers with a unique opportunity to present and discuss their own research – in any discipline in real-time, without having to leave their home university.

ICUR challenges undergraduate students to rethink their work in an international context. As a forum, it requires presenters to consider the perspective of students from different backgrounds, and to anticipate what may be shared across cultures and local contexts. This challenge translates to research questions as well, encouraging students to examine global and regional trends in their research field, and how these might conflict with local concerns and specificities.

Since its establishment in 2013, more than a thousand students from eleven institutions have presented at ICUR. At Warwick alone, 288 students have presented over four years.

Find out more on the ICUR website

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Library Study Blog

The blog is designed to connect students with information, support and their community. It contains posts offering tips and secrets on a wide range of study skills for example improving presentations, avoid plagiarism pitfalls, preventing library fines and much more. Posts are written both by Library staff and by students about their study experiences.

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Masters Academic Writing Programme

Masters Academic Writing is the first step into research writing. Your examinations are mostly based on (module) written assignments, leading to your dissertation. Your writing should be able to demonstrate not only your ability to analyse, critically engage with material and develop complex arguments, but also aspects of originality. You can find a range of courses on academic writing, critical thinking and discipline specific literature reviews. Browse the courses and select those that suit you best.

Masters Skills Programme

The Masters Skills Programme brings together several of the development opportunities that are offered to Warwick Master’s students in one place.

  • Organising yourself and your time
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Academic study skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical writing
  • Speed reading
  • Taking notes effectively
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Effective literature searching
  • Introduction to Masters Writing
  • On Track - dissertation workshops*

*Your school may also offer specific dissertation support - check with your personal tutor

There is also support available for group research projects:

  • Becoming more assertive
  • Working in a team
  • Intercultural training
  • Leading a group project
  • Planning and managing projects

For a full list of workshops visit the Programme page and sign up for the workshops that interest you and develop your skills!

Workshops run across all three terms and can be used towards the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award.

If you think the Programme is missing a workshop that you are interested in, please email the the Programme team the details at skills@warwick.ac.uk

Monash-Warwick Alliance funding

Monash University and the University of Warwick have formed a strategic alliance that aims to enhance the experiences of students at both universities through the development of new models of education and research collaboration.

The Student-led Activity Scheme provides support for activities that seek to integrate the student bodies of both universities, develop ”globally-engaged students” through working as part of international teams, increase both the impact and profile of existing student-led activities at both universities, and transfer knowledge and innovation in student activities across both campuses.

Examples of activities which can be considered for support include academic-related events (e.g. summits, student conferences), cultural and intercultural activities, including sporting events, and skills development events.

The Student-led Activity Scheme provides support of up to a maximum of £15,000 (for expenses incurred by Warwick students).

Find out more on the Monash-Warwick Alliance website

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PG Hub

The Postgrad Hub (PG Hub) is a dedicated space for postgrads, enabling them to access support, work in a collaborative environment and socialise with peers. Click on the link to check availability, latest updates, support, and exclusive postgraduate and research events.

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Reinvention Journal

Reinvention is an online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas. All articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two or three anonymous referees. Reinvention is published bi-annually and only houses papers written by undergraduate students or papers written collaboratively by undergraduate students and academics.

Reinvention is published through the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning and is an open access journal. Students are encouraged to make their work as interactive as possible and to include tables, diagrams and links to films, photographs and other websites where appropriate. Papers should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, not including the abstract, bibliography and any appendices. They receive thorough feedback on their paper, regardless of whether it gets published or not.

Students also receive training on writing for publications, learning about what a journal article is, how it’s structured, and how to critically revise one’s publications.

Find out more on the Reinvention website

Research and Study Skills

Explore online learning and skills development resources on Warwick's Skills Youtube channel.

You can also visit one of the drop in session with a Master's writing mentor or book a 1:1 academic skills appointment.

For more information visit Skills & Student Development or get in touch with the Skills team via skills@warwick.ac.uk.

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Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS)

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) gives students the chance to become directly involved in the research work of the University, experience what it's like to be a member of a research team and take part in cutting-edge research. URSS is a competitive scheme that provides living expenses (up to £1,000) and skills development training to support successful applicants who wish to carry out a summer research project as an addition to their undergraduate degree course. Undertaking a summer research project via the URSS is more than just doing a project – it will give you dedicated skills training opportunities too. The Scheme gives you both a taste of research, invaluable for those looking to pursue postgraduate study, and also adds further value to your degree from Warwick. URSS has been in place since 2002, with students on the scheme having travelled to Europe and further afield to undertake the research.

Find out more on the URSS website.