Independent Study
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12 weeks


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This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to initiate a study in which they can explore an issue arising from their professional activities or academic specialism.

Course detail

We aim for students to emerge from this module with transferable Postgraduate skills including self-direction in learning, critical analysis, decision making and problem-solving. Students will be give opportunities to develop an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of their chosen subject area through the guidance of a subject specialist and the module leader.

The Department of Health (DoH) proposed postgraduate qualifications to support grade 7 and above (DoH 2004a); more recently the requirement for education and knowledge of best practice, research and innovation is also emphasised in their high level outcomes for developing the healthcare workforce (DoH 2012). This module provides an opportunity for students to develop their postgraduate skills through study of a topic relevant to their professional/academic practice.

Its purpose is to enable students to conduct an in-depth and theoretically rigorous study and to present their findings in a simulated conference setting. It is envisaged that students will develop skills that enable them to participate more fully in national or international academic and professional events.

The module content will be determined by the student's professional / academic area of interest. Each student will be given guidance by a topic area specialist. Students will:

  • Plan a feasible and viable study programme identifying clear aims, working to agreed objectives and time limits.
  • Identify a critical question/s.
  • Critically examine a number of approaches to reviewing the literature.
  • Develop presentation skills to a professional standard.
  • Develop academic convention in relation to academic and professional conferences and written presentation

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Undertake a critical review of the appropriate literature; critically evaluate theoretically complex material.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and critically evaluate academic argument through effective presentation

How will this course be taught

Spring and Summer terms: Thursdays 2pm - 5pm

Students are not required to attend the University each week for this module. Classroom-based sessions will focus on academic and presentation skills.

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email

Separate information for students completing the Post Graduate Certificate in Teenage/Young Adult Cancer Care on attendance online will be provided during the course.


  • Coursework 1: 20 minute Presentation (20% Module Mark).
  • Coursework 2: 3000 word essay (80% Module Mark).