New structure for Northern Ireland’s Research Methods Programme

March 2020

The Research Methods Programme has been available to social workers in Northern Ireland since 1992 and was updated in 2016 to reflect the requirement of Northern Ireland’s Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy.

This is a post-qualifying, postgraduate programme offered through partnership arrangements between Ulster University and local social work employers provided in a modular format spread over three academic years. These include:

There are two different paths for this programme: one for social carers, and one, recently opened, for people who use services and carers:

The academic entry requirements for these parallel modules are the same, and the content is essentially the same so both people who use services and social workers complete classroom training together. The only difference in the assessment is that social workers need to ensure that their assessed work also ‘maps against’ the appropriate requirements set by the professional regulatory body, Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

The work students carry out during the various evidence modules and research and evaluation projects contribute to the social work and social care evidence base in Northern Ireland. You can read the narrative review abstracts from 2018 and 2019.

Read about Sonia’s achievement and about co-production approaches in Northern Ireland social work and social care research.

Tutors Anne McGlade, Dr Campbell Killick and Professor Brian Taylor with Sonia Patton

For more information about the course, contact the University post-qualifying social work office with, or contact to discuss service user and carer involvement.