EGH303 : Research Practice

Convenor(s): Nigel Harwood


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

NOTE: You will need an average grade of at least 63 at Level 2 to be considered for EGH302 and EGH303.

‘Research Practice’ is normally taken in combination with the ‘Dissertation’ module, and, together, these two units give students the opportunity to spend a whole year researching a topic of particular interest to them, engaging with new data or primary sources, and working on material more advanced than that normally covered in taught modules. ‘Research Practice’ focuses on the planning of the larger project. Students receive appropriate support and training in workshops and one-to-one sessions with a supervisor. By the end of the module, students have designed an appropriate programme of research and are ready to implement it.

If you sign up for EGH302 and/or 303 you will need to submit a short description of your research interests, and if possible, a research topic, so that we can assign you a supervisor. This should be no more than 200 words and should be submitted to Helen Penkethman ( no later than 5pm on Tuesday 10 May.


Students taking this module will submit a brief statement describing their topic for research in semester 2 of level 2. The convenor of the module will assign them a supervisor and contact them during the summer to notify them. On returning in semester 1 of level 3, they will meet with their supervisors four times. During the semester, they will conduct preliminary library research in order to produce a research proposal and annotated bibliography. They will work on developing an appropriate research methodology for the project and they will submit a 2,000-word piece of ‘work-in-progress’ on an aspect of their topic to be selected in consultation with their supervisor and the module convenor. For example, it might focus on explaining and justifying their chosen methodology, considering other possible approaches, and locating their own work in relation to the literature of the field. This activity will ensure that all four aims and outcomes are met.

In addition, students will learn about the use of electronic resources, the purpose and development of a bibliography, practical, ethical, and theoretical issues associated with data collection, and the role of a literature review in locating one’s own research within a particular field of inquiry. These sessions will further ensure that the first three aims and outcomes are met.


This module will be assessed through two pieces of work:
  1. an annotated bibliography reflecting preliminary library research on the research context of their chosen topic; and a short research proposal (1,000 words for each); and
  2. a piece of ‘work-in-progress’ of not more than 2,000 words on any selected aspect of the topic. This might be a literature review, a preliminary data analysis, or a piece explaining and justifying the chosen methodology, considering other possible approaches, and locating the proposed work in relation to the literature of the field.

Taken together, these two pieces of work will test all four learning outcomes.

Contact Details

Nigel Harwood

Information last changed: Wednesday 20th of April 2016 :: 04:50:47 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK