Research methodology

Last updated on 19 Mar 2018

Research projects are diverse and so you will need to consider and identify the methodology that is appropriate for your particular project. Key to this activity is being clear about the purpose of the research and formulating your research question. 

Examples of methodologies include:

  • Case series/case note review
  • Cohort observation
  • Controlled trial without randomisation
  • Epidemiology
  • Qualitative research
  • Observational research
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Interview
  • Questionnaires

Sometimes a mix of methodologies may be used. In England, you may be able to obtain advice on research methodology, statistics and protocol design from the NIHR Research Design Service.

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