Details for Research Methods

This subject is the foundational class for all MPhil studies. Students will be taught advanced research skills across the main disciplines of theological and ministry studies. They will also develop some of the early research of what will become their major project.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: RES701
  • Credit points: 20



Awards offering Research Methods

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Assess and critique the development of the theory and practice of methods in the chosen discipline field;
  2. Formulate a research question and outline an appropriate research plan for data collection;
  3. Effectively construct a research proposal that demonstrates detailed knowledge of the chosen discipline field and the contribution of the research to this field.

Subject Content

  • Constructing a literature review
  • Composing a research question
  • Ethical issues in research
  • Framing methodological orientations
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to research
  • Working with a supervisor
  • Theological implications of research
  • Writing for examiners
  • An approach to research design
  • Submission and review processes

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (Two weeks (not necessarily consecutive): 7 hours per day for 10 days = 70 class hours + 170 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)
  • Extensive (10 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Book Reviews (20%)
  • Oral Presentation (30%)
  • Research Proposal (50%)

Representative References

  • As relevant to the discipline, and agreed upon by supervisor