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Research Methods

Research Methods

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Release Date: Each January, May and September

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

The Research Methods module is compulsory for anyone wishing to complete an MSc or MRes. It provides a framework for developing your research skills in the context of your own research question, and as such is generally, but not always, the last taught module taken. You should have a clear idea of at least a broad research topic before undertaking this module. If you are stuck for an idea, you might want to look at some of the ideas that IBERS' researchers have put forward. The Distance Learning team will match you up to a tutor and to an academic supervisor whose research field is in your area of interest. Your tutor and academic supervisor will then guide you as you develop your ideas.

Students moving onto Research Methods and new MRes applicants are asked to complete the Research Proposal form which can be downloaded below. This helps us to identify a suitable supervisor for your project.

Assessments and Learning Outcomes for this module can be found HERE

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Qualifications which this Module may be Used Towards

MSc Sustainable Agriculture Core
MSc Agrifood Innovation Core
MRes Agriculture Core
MSc Sustainable Horticulture Core
MRes Agrifood Innovation Core
Professional Doctorate in Agriculture Core
Professional Doctorate in BioInnovation Core

List of Units

Bringing your ideas to life
Reviewing the literature
Your Research Strategy
Exploring Methods
Organising your data
Characterising your data
Data Analyses
Presenting your data
Discussing your findings
Your project

The module will culminate with you designing a research proposal, in collaboration with your employer and supervisor, which you can use as the basis of your dissertation.


Tutors Name
Dr Peter Wootton-Beard


Grace Gay

I really enjoyed the opportunity to go through the process of formulating my own project from the very early stages through to the research proposal. Having very little knowledge of statistics, this [module] helped me to gain a better understanding of the reasoning behind the statistics used currently in work and the methods I can apply in future research.

Grace Gay Plant Breeder - IBERS
John Molloy

I really enjoyed the interaction with the lecturers over planning the dissertation and the knowledge gained from the conversations. I will use what I have learned practically in work for presentation data and knowledge transfer

John Molloy Dairy Product Manager - Agri Lloyd
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Downloadable Resources

Research Proposal Form Brochure