Module details for Sport Research Project


This module allows the student to undertake an independent research project. The project subject area should reflect the award title of the student.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the experience of designing and carrying out a research project in an area of the sport, health or physical activity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify a specific research problem in sport, health or physical activity, and to develop an appropriate research design, methods of data collection and analysis

2.  Effectively plan and implement the research study in the chosen topic within sport, health or physical activity

3.  Undertake relevant background research and produce an academic literature review for the study

4.  Analyse and interpret the research findings of the study undertaken, demonstrating critical evaluation and synthesis of the findings.

5.  Successfully communicate the findings of the study undertaken, via a written thesis in the form of an evaluation research report appropriate to your chosen methodology.

Indicative Content

1 Research project topics

Students select their research project topics with staff. Each student is allocated a supervisory tutor within the Division.

2 Supervisory sessions

Supervisory sessions will cover the identification of a research question; necessary elements of research design; the approach needed to prepare for and complete the research project; a range of appropriate research methods; appropriate statistical analyses; the structure of the research report; the interpretation of the research results; possible or probable conclusions; and the writing of the report.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 200
Independent 180
Total 400

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.