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Research Methods and Critical Analysis (Jobs Stimulus Module)

This module aims to provide students with the theoretical foundations for postgraduate research.

Discipline: Business

NFQ Level: 9

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 10


Free to unemployed applicants. €138 to employed applicants (€1,234 funded by HEA)

Programme Modules

Research Methods and Critical Analysis - 10 ECTS Credits

    Learning Outcomes: 

    Theoretical concepts and paradigms and critical readings relevant to the field of academic research and to practice-based research in particular, will be explored. 

    Students will reflect upon some of the ethical, societal and practical problems of data collection, including sampling, gaining access to the field, designing a research instrument and the principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis. 

    On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

    1. Contribute to an informed debate about the relationship between philosophical positions and methodological and research project design decisions.
    2. Understand and communicate how their own personal position might shape the knowledge they are producing, employing a process of guided reflexivity.
    3. Ask informed questions about ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions underlying other research papers in their field of study.
    4. Create a robust and practical research design and communicate how the research project is situated within wider global academic and professional debates in the relevant field.
    5. Explain and communicate within a formal research proposal, the philosophical assumptions that shape the research design; rationale and purpose, referencing academic, professional and other relevant  literature within the field or discipline studied.
    6. Confidentially leverage research skills and knowledge gained, to independently manage a professional applied research project having regard to ethical considerations and the potential individual, organisational, regulatory and societal implications of the dissemination of findings.

    Essential Information: 

    Credits (ECTS)

    10 Credits



    Go to to:

    • confirm if you are eligible to apply under the Jobs Stimulus initiative
    • check if you meet the academic "Entry Requirements" for this level of module


    How to Apply

    We are accepting applications from Monday, 16th November 2020.

    Apply through our Online Admissions System ,, and then submit any supporting documentation by email to

    Read the Jobs Stimulus Online Admissions User Guide for step-by-step instructions BEFORE logging on to our online admissions system at the ‘Apply Here’ link below.

    Note: On the online admissions system, you will find this module under the Application Type JS- Digital Media & Marketing.


    Apply here (Online Admissions System) 


    Course Schedule

    Start date: 18/01/2021

    End date: 01/06/2021

    Contact Us

    Head of Department

    Michael Gill

    Email: Michael Gill