Researching Security, Conflict and International Development

Module code: CR7583

Module co-ordinator: Dr Eleanor Gordon

This module provides you with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a range of methodological approaches and issues that will equip you with the skills to undertake your own specialist research for your dissertation. Covering both quantitative and qualitative methods, this module provides a detailed understanding of how to design and undertake rigorous and robust research projects.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to research
  • Planning research
  • Introduction to quantitative methods
  • Analysing quantitative data
  • Introduction to qualitative methods
  • Analysing qualitative data


This module is studied by distance learning and will include:

  • reading course materials
  • reading, watching and listening to required and recommended resources
  • independent study
  • written assignment


  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis exercise (30%)
  • Written research proposal paper, 3,000 words (70%)