Methods can be used in combination – for example: Focus Groups to establish a general group experience or attitude. Interviews can then be used to seek understanding of individual motivation.Use the library catalogue to identify resources on research methodologies and methods.Once you have selected your methodology, you will need to justify why you think this is the right one for your purpose.
Your methodologyshould be logically presented to show:
- The research question (or hypothesis) and the aims and objectives of your study
- The theoretical basis for your research and justification of the chosen research design
- The method or methods selected for data collection should be justified in terms of their relevance to the theoretical base of the project, their advantages and disadvantages
- Sampling strategy and profile and size of samples, with a rationale for each
- The design of chosen instrument, permissions for use where appropriate and piloting
- Dependability and credibility; reliability and validity, demonstrating appropriateness to your design
- Plan and rationale for analysis of data
The Final Chapter is designed to support both undergraduate and taught postgraduate students working on their research project or dissertation.
The Final Chapter contains lots of useful information such as choosing your topic, doing a literature review, structuring your work and critical thinking. You can also watch videos of staff and students from the University of Leeds sharing their top tips for success. We recommend dipping in and out of the Final Chapter, rather than working through it all in one go.
Thoughout Final Chapter you will see examples of previous student dissertations to show best practice. The full dissertations on our dissertation examples pages.
The specific requirements for final year projects will differ between disciplines. Always follow the guidelines that you have been given by your department, and check with your supervisor if you are unsure of your departmental guidance.
If your research methodology involves working with people, you may wish to join the Minerva organisation Researching People. It provides help with conducting interviews, observations, practice-based research, questionnaires and surveys.
How to join the Researching People organisation (PDF).