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This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students. Read more
This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students:

- To become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within the field
- To become skilled and critical readers of educational research
- To develop knowledge in depth of some substantive area of education and educational research
- To develop their capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs
- To develop confidence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence
- To develop their skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument
- To gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a small-scale investigation.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeeer

Course detail

During their period of study, one year full time or two years part time, students follow six modules on:

1. Research Aims, Strategies of Enquiry and Design
2. Research Methods and Analysis
3. Research, Reporting and Presentation
4. Perspectives on Research Methodology
5. Issues in Data Analysis and Interpretation
6. Thesis Preparation.

Throughout, a student is supported by a supervisor who has expertise in the substantive field of the student's research project.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

Students attend 2-4 hour taught sessions (a mix of lectures and smaller group seminars) once a week. The course consists of two levels. Introductory Level sessions will offer a general introduction to different aspects of educational research. Intermediate Level sessions are divided into two types: (1) the compulsory main programme of study sessions will offer further elements focused on the foundations of educational research theory and practice; (2) the elective sessions will offer intermediate level topics built on the foundation sessions taught at Introductory Level. Students are required to take all Introductory and Intermediate main programme sessions and should select 11 of the elective elements of the programme. The elective sessions are intended to facilitate students' depth of understanding and application of approaches appropriate to their proposed lines of enquiry. The course has been designed to allow students intending to undertake a particular mode of enquiry to focus more attention on their preferred methods within a framework that still ensures a broad and balanced coverage.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.

Students following the two year MEd programme are required to submit the following in Year 1:
Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MEd in Educational Research to the PhD or EdD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students. Read more
This route, which is not only the Faculty of Education's doctoral training programme but also accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council, provides a broad-based training in educational research that aims to help students:

- To become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within the field
- To become skilled and critical readers of educational research
- To develop knowledge in depth of some substantive area of education and educational research
- To develop their capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs
- To develop confidence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence
- To develop their skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument
- To gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a small-scale investigation.

The course comprises a research training route for students wishing to work towards registration for the PhD degree.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpeer

Course detail

During their period of study students follow six modules on:

1. Research Aims, Strategies of Enquiry and Design
2. Research Methods and Analysis
3. Research, Reporting and Presentation
4. Perspectives on Research Methodology
5. Issues in Data Analysis and Interpretation
6. Thesis Preparation.

Throughout, a student is supported by a supervisor who has expertise in the substantive field of the student's research project.

Format

Students attend 2-4 hour taught sessions (a mix of lectures and smaller group seminars) twice a week. The course consists of two levels. Introductory Level sessions will offer a general introduction to different aspects of educational research. Intermediate Level sessions are divided into two types: (1) the compulsory main programme of study sessions will offer further elements focused on the foundations of educational research theory and practice; (2) the elective sessions will offer intermediate level topics built on the foundation sessions taught at Introductory Level. Students are required to take all Introductory and Intermediate main programme sessions and should select 11 of the elective elements of the programme. The elective sessions are intended to facilitate students' depth of understanding and application of approaches appropriate to their proposed lines of enquiry. The course has been designed to allow students intending to undertake a particular mode of enquiry to focus more attention on their preferred methods within a framework that still ensures a broad and balanced coverage.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Educational Research to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.

Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The aim of the MSc Educational Research is to provide the methodological, analytical and practical expertise required to become a competent educational researcher. Read more
The aim of the MSc Educational Research is to provide the methodological, analytical and practical expertise required to become a competent educational researcher. This is an Economic and Social Research Council-recognised programme, and one of the research training pathways that make up the South West Doctoral Training Centre.

This MSc will appeal to applicants who are interested in developing a career in educational research and professionals working in education institutions and organisations that require research knowledge and skills. You will work towards a Master's qualification, through six taught units (120 credit points) and a dissertation (60 credit points), to cover the required preparatory training for a PhD application. It also provides research training for PhD candidates, who are required to take four core units (80 credit points).

Programme structure

Core units:
-Core Skills in Educational Research (not assessed)
-Understanding Educational Research
-Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

Optional units include:
-Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

(units can also be selected from other Master's programmes in the school)

Dissertation
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Careers

We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

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Our well established MSc in Educational Research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting their current training guidelines for the preparation of doctoral students. Read more
Our well established MSc in Educational Research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting their current training guidelines for the preparation of doctoral students.

The overall purpose of this MSc is to prepare you for the independent conduct of educational research. You will acquire general social science research skills that can be used in different contexts and applied to a variety of problems, and also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular field of education within a research preparation framework.

Our MSc is relevant to students with different interests:

*Doctoral research students:
The programme provides excellent preparation for a PhD. The four taught modules of the MSc are required research training for all MPhil/PhD students. The School has a wide range of research interests, which are practically reflected in the topics of our Research Groups.

*Students interested in a Masters programme that prepares them in educational research knowledge and skills:
Some students wish to do an educational research programme without having decided whether to undertake a Doctoral programme.

*Students wishing to undertake a Masters programme in a specific area of education:
Other students may wish to study a particular field of education at Masters level. This programme enables specialisation within a research preparation programme (eg, post-compulsory education, or personal and social education). The specific area of study can be studied within each of the four taught research modules and become the focus for the dissertation.

Studying full-time, part-time or at a distance

Students attend one or two weekly twilight sessions during term-time dependent on whether the full- or part-time option is selected. The programme can also be studied with no attendance at Exeter by distance learning, which is particularly useful for international students and UK students who cannot travel easily to Exeter.

For further information on this programme please visit our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/edresearchmsc

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Your programme of study

If you enjoy facts and figures within reports, books, online on info graphics and advertised facts and figures you will find the social and educational research programme useful in providing you with advanced level data collection, analysis and quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting and analysing research. You may also be interested in the Industry 4.0 revolution and ability to collect data to drive instant data to inform instant decisions, though much of this work involves electronics and computing it also involves advanced educational research. 

The programme gives you a range of qualitative and quantitative skills to provide rigorous research projects, research questions and practical translation into practical research design.  You learn about epistemological and ontological principles which are specifically used in educational and social research. There are a range of opportunities from studying this programme within educational research, market research and research within health and social services plus many charities and other organisations. You can also continue with your studies towards gaining a PhD, teaching and research

Courses listed for the programme

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You learn in an interdisciplinary way to maximise your knowledge and application of research methods.
  • The programme is very employable by providing you with wide ranging research skills which are transferrable to many disciplines

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time, 24 Months Part Time
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

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Campus Facilities

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This innovative course prepares you for doctoral studies and a career in Educational Research through a series of taught modules and a dissertation. Read more
This innovative course prepares you for doctoral studies and a career in Educational Research through a series of taught modules and a dissertation. Under the expert guidance of a team of leading academics you will learn the skills of research, from conception through to design, methodology and data collection, to analysis, interpretation and dissemination. As part of the course you will engage closely with cutting edge research projects currently being undertaken by Education staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Key information

-Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MRes.
-Study methods: Full time, part time. Mixture of online and classroom delivery.
-Duration: Full time 12 months, part time 27 months.
-Start date: September.
-Course Director: Dr G Mannion.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Course objectives

The MRes is designed to equip you for a career in educational research or as preparation for doctoral study (as a 1 + 3 route to PhD). You will develop a range of research skills and will engage closely with current research projects in Education. The course will offer you:
-A structured taught course in educational research.
-Excellent preparation for doctoral studies by research.
-First-hand experience of current education research projects in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
-The award of a Master’s degree.
-A course recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to developing capable educational researchers as well as enabling you to improve your career prospects, employability is an important focus of this course. We aim to:
-Recruit people with a good degree in social sciences.
-Enable you to undertake collaborative tasks and assignments.
-Enable you to successfully undertake a viable research project, relevant to existing interests in Education, and to fulfil your aims and aspirations for your future doctoral studies or work.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work. We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice. The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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The MSc in Educational Research Methodology is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the high quality and comprehensive training that is required for educational research and seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills to undertake their own research and to evaluate the research of others. Read more
The MSc in Educational Research Methodology is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the high quality and comprehensive training that is required for educational research and seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills to undertake their own research and to evaluate the research of others. The course provides a comprehensive training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and a two-week ‘internship’ where they work in a research group within the department on ongoing research projects. Oxford University and the Department of Education provide a stimulating academic and social environment for study.

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The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. Read more
The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. This course puts educators in the driving seat, encouraging them to their develop their own evidence-based understanding.

You will develop understanding of a range of research approaches and methodologies. This will enable you to make informed judgements about the research of others and to initiate research within your own professional context.

The course is suitable for teachers and other educators - whether you are in the early stages of your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

Your background may be from across educational phases (early years to HE) or between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and university and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

The course draws on expertise from the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Course tutors are active researchers and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base relating to the challenges of research in educational contexts. The course is led by Pamela Woolner.

Delivery

The course is made up of two modules, taught on four days between October and March. Support sessions (which can be replaced by email) run on three evenings. Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Modules are taught in a number of ways to allow flexibility for part time students. Some are taught on Saturdays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Modules can be combined with other master's level credits (including the PGCE), to complete a full master's with a dissertation.

Placements

You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

You should also be able to engage in research-led professional development of your educational practices and pedagogy.

Facilities

The modules are taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

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The Doctorate is a rigorous research-based qualification that is focused upon professional practice and is the key professional qualification for teachers, managers and researchers. Read more
The Doctorate is a rigorous research-based qualification that is focused upon professional practice and is the key professional qualification for teachers, managers and researchers. Students study for the EdD on a part-time basis while working in their respective areas of education.

You will have the opportunity to conduct an independent project which is supported by a modular structure covering research methodology. The thesis subject you choose usually arises from your working practice or the wider context of your work and is academically grounded in research and theory.

How You Study

This programme is studied on a part-time basis and teaching is delivered via study schools. Weekend schools (Friday to Sunday) are held in February and October, and a week long study school is held in July. Supervision is by individual arrangement, face-to face and email. Research study schools are designed to provide core underpinnings to the programme.

Students complete five units, each of which are assessed.

1. Introducing Educational Research & Development

2. Initiating Research: Exploring the knowledge base

3. Developing Research: Paradigms and Perspectives

4. Undertaking Research: Qualitative and Quantitative paradigms

5: Thesis proposal and defence.

Thesis (40,000 – 50,000 words)

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

The ability to research, evaluate, and use published research that is relevant to personal and professional practice, are features of individually negotiated assessments and modes of study. This is encouraged by interactive discussion, presentations in various formats, seminars from original sources and input from visiting speakers.

Assessment is by individual assignments and a thesis. Following completion of the assignments, students prepare a research proposal (called a Defence) that is assessed internally before students proceed to the thesis proper. Assessment of the thesis is by written and oral examination (viva voce).

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to offer a structured route for personal and professional enhancement and may be used to advance an existing career in education. Students have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to be innovative thinkers and practitioners in the education sector.

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This MPhil/PhD is a research qualification aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers or researchers. Read more
This MPhil/PhD is a research qualification aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers or researchers.

Investigating the way we conceive of, and execute, education may have the potential to influence a whole generations of pupils. At Lincoln, you will have the opportunity to work alongside academics undertaking studies into how education provision can be improved.

As a full-time research student, you can benefit from regular monthly supervisions with your supervisor (bi-monthly for part-time). In addition you will have the opportunity to attend training sessions on research methods and skills provided by the School of Education and the Graduate School.

The programme is designed to enable you to develop the critical-thinking and research skills required for study at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to decide on the focus of your research thesis and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Key research areas include:
-Educational leadership and management
-Professional learning and professional development
-Education policy
-Higher education pedagogy and practice.

How You Study

Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and after two semesters are expected to transfer to the PhD programme. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees.

All research degree students can decide the focus for their research in negotiation with their supervisors. Individual tutorials are held at mutually agreed times. Supervisions for home students may be undertaken in person, or by e-mail, videoconferencing technology or over the phone. Overseas students studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa must attend monthly supervisions in person.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You may have additional meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

PhD students are expected to produce a thesis of 80,000 words, while MPhil students produce a thesis of 40,000 words, supported by an oral defence.

Career and Personal Development

The awards of MPhil and PhD may enable education professionals to progress to become academic or administrative leaders in primary, secondary or tertiary education. Alternatively, they may lead to a career in academia or research.

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The MA Education programme is aimed at educators and education professionals who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help improve their practice through a general, rather than specialised, programme of master's level study. Read more

The MA Education programme is aimed at educators and education professionals who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help improve their practice through a general, rather than specialised, programme of master's level study. It draws upon the expertise across the School of Education giving candidates access to the knowledge and experience of leading researchers across a diverse range of topics. Thus, you will be in a great position to pursue your interests and focus on the topics that suit your career ambitions.

MA Education is unique in the School of Education insofar as there are no modules dedicated to, or associated with, the programme; instead, you select modules that interest you from the other specialised MA programmes offered. These may be modules that explore different aspects of educational leadership, the use of technology to support learning, child development, or teaching English to speakers of other languages among others.

With your own experience of working in an education context, the teaching sessions and our excellent library resources you will soon build your knowledge of educational research methods and apply them to your own dissertation on a related topic. You will also improve your skills in written and oral communication, research and analysis, and leadership: all vital qualities for a career in any sector of education.

This flexible programme may also be studied part-time, but it is important to emphasise that we offer no special provision for part-time students. Teaching sessions and meetings generally occur during the working day so, if you are considering applying for part-time status, you must ensure that you are able to attend at these times.

Course content

You’ll take a core module that explores the principles and methods of educational research, and introduces you to issues such as research ethics and the use of research to improve educational practice for individuals and organisations. You’ll also study two of three additional modules on research methods to expand and sharpen your skills.

You’ll apply your new understanding of the concepts and benefits of educational research to your own dissertation, in preparation for which you'll consult regularly with your appointed supervisor as you independently research an educational topic that may or may not be related to your own practice. We can only accept you onto the programme if, at the application stage, you propose a dissertation on a topic or issue that matches the available supervisory expertise within the School of Education.

Course structure

There are two compulsory modules on this programme. You have to study and pass at least two of the three optional research methods modules, and you’ll normally take two or three from the full range of other optional modules available. Some modules are only available in alternate years. You must select modules that represent a general and balanced programme of study, rather than a specialised one. You will not be permitted to follow modules from one MA programme only, or to focus on one narrow subject or topic, since this will result in a specialised course of study rather than the general one that the MA Education is intended to provide.

Compulsory modules

  • Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Global Learning in UK Primary Schools 30 credits
  • Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice 30 credits
  • Philosophical underpinning of educational research 15 credits
  • Digital Learning in Practice 30 credits
  • Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder 30 credits
  • Theorizing Childhood and Youth 30 credits
  • Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice 30 credits
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
  • Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Education MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including weekly seminars, group learning, tutorials, fieldwork, online learning and lectures. The methods of teaching and learning that you will encounter depend on which specific modules you choose. Independent study is also vital, as it allows you to pursue your interests and develop high-level skills.

Assessment

Most assessment is by written essay. Occasionally, we use other assessment approaches, such as poster presentations or reflective logs.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of candidates who plan to use the knowledge and skills they will gain in a wide range of careers in education and related sectors. You will develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies will help to inform your professional practice. If you are already established in the field of teaching or a career in education, developing your skills in educational research and analysis can lead to early promotion. Many of our students receive sponsorship and support from their employers or governments as part of their continued professional development. MA Education also provides a pathway, for students who achieve at least a merit, for further study and research at doctoral level, either a PhD or the EdD.



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If you are an experienced educational professional in a leadership role this course is for you. You explore an aspect of leadership relevant to your own interests and career development. Read more

If you are an experienced educational professional in a leadership role this course is for you. You explore an aspect of leadership relevant to your own interests and career development.

Course details

You reflect on practice in your own organisation, identify areas of professional concern and explore your own approach to leadership using a range of diagnostic tools for self-assessment.

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Both routes have taught sessions which are scheduled to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation.

The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You study two modules, Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. These modules are pieces of extended supervised work and the topic, which is chosen by you, must be in an area of leadership. By opting for this named route you achieve a qualification which showcases this specialism clearly to employers.

What you study

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Whichever route you choose you will study the same modules which are all scheduled on a Tuesday evening to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation. The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You study two modules, Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. These modules are pieces of extended supervised work and the topic, which is chosen by you, must be in an area of leadership. By opting for this named route you achieve a qualification which showcases this specialism clearly to employers.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Combining Professional and Academic Practice
  • Contextualising Education
  • Dissertation
  • Educational Research: Practice and Planning
  • Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You are encouraged to share your experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice within taught sessions and through discussions on the University’s virtual learning environment. You study with students from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds – this sharing gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. Peer-led discussions in workshop and seminar sessions on a range of research and educational practice issues, both home and international, provide you with the opportunity for interprofessional discussion and debate. You consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups which, in turn, supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. You share some of your taught sessions with the Education Doctorate, enhancing the range and type of discussions held within sessions and encouraging you to consider your progression after the programme.

How you are assessed

Staff have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support for your cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how we support your transition to studying at level 7. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study; to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, critical thinking and critical writing; and in the key IT skills such as literature searching. The assessment allows you to reflect on your own practice and context, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. Student feedback on the programme has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.



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This Professional Doctorate (EdD) is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. Read more

This Professional Doctorate (EdD) is a partly taught and partly research-based Professional Doctorate which has proved to be both successful and convenient for senior professionals in education and related fields. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods, education policy, education management, TESOL and professional development.

On successful completion, students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate the results and their implications.

We undertake a wide range of research that falls within two broad themes: pedagogy, learning and curriculum; and human rights, equality and social cohesion in education. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners.

Aims

On successful completion of the programme students will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in the field determined by the topic of their research dissertation study. They will, through this dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate their results and their implications.

The EdD programme may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The normal period of study will be not less that three years full-time or not less than four years part-time. The aim is to allow flexibility for busy professionals, enabling you to complete the degree with minimal disruption to your professional and personal life.

The EdD comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules) and a research dissertation. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The University operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme which recognises relevant prior assessed and certified learning for credit purposes. This is also known as credit transfer where the credits were awarded by another Higher Education (HE) provider. Applicants who have completed a masters degree within the last 10 years that involved a substantive element of educational research methods training, including a research-based dissertation or project, may be eligible to transfer credit. Applicants for RPL should submit the RPL Application Form to the Postgraduate Administrator, 20 College Green, Belfast, BT7 1LN. Applications for RPL should be made at the same time as your online course application. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).

There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.

Students must complete the following research modules:

  • Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education
  • Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
  • Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

Plus one other research module from:

  • Experimental Methods in Educational Research
  • Narrative and Arts-Based Research Approaches
  • Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
  • Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
  • Survey Methods in Educational Research
  • The Professional as Researcher

Optional modules:

  • Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
  • Children’s Rights - Research and Practice
  • Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood
  • Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
  • Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion
  • TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
  • TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

* These modules are an example of what is available in any one year and are subject to change.



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The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, provides an alternative route to the PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in English Language education and related disciplines. Read more

The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, provides an alternative route to the PhD for mid-career and senior professionals in English Language education and related disciplines.

We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods (four compulsory), TESOL (two compulsory), issues in education and professional development.

On successful completion of the programme you will have made an original and independent contribution to educational knowledge in a TESOL-related area. You will, through your dissertation, demonstrate a critical evaluation of the relevant literature, a high level of competence in appropriate research methods, and the ability to communicate your results and their implications.

Aims

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the research findings of published, empirical studies.
  • Make use of appropriate research methods to conduct educational research
  • Design small-scale, class-based research projects to investigate the local context

Programme Structure and Modules

The EdD TESOL comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules and two must be TESOL modules) and a research dissertation in the area of TESOL. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).

There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.

Students must complete the following research modules:

  • Introduction to Doctoral Study in Education
  • Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory
  • Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory

Plus one other research module from:

  • Experimental Methods in Educational Research
  • Narrative and Arts-Based Research Approaches
  • Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research
  • Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings
  • Survey Methods in Educational Research
  • The Professional as Researcher

Plus two TESOL modules:

  • TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
  • TESOL: Issues in Language Learning

Optional modules:

  • Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues
  • Children’s Rights - Research and Practice
  • Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood
  • Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion
  • Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion

* These modules are an example of what is available in any one year and are subject to change.

Graduate Quote

“I was able to choose my elective modules according to my schedule and my particular field of interest. One advantage was that the EdD TESOL (the taught elements) is conducted intensively and can be completed in less than one and a half years.”

Chiu-Kuei Chang Chien, EdD TESOL graduate



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You follow this specialist route if you are a practitioner working or intending to work in the early years sector. You draw on your own personal and professional experience, practice and interests to explore an area of early childhood studies that is particularly relevant to you and your career development. Read more

You follow this specialist route if you are a practitioner working or intending to work in the early years sector. You draw on your own personal and professional experience, practice and interests to explore an area of early childhood studies that is particularly relevant to you and your career development. If you have previously studied this area at undergraduate level, you can build on the knowledge you have already gained.

Course details

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Both routes have taught sessions which are scheduled to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation. 

The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You study two modules; Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. You choose your topics which should be around current debates and issues in early childhood studies.

What you study

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Whichever route you choose you will study the same modules which are all scheduled on a Tuesday evening to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation. The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You study two modules; Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. You choose your topics which should be around current debates and issues in early childhood studies.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Combining Professional and Academic Practice
  • Contextualising Education
  • Dissertation
  • Educational Research: Practice and Planning
  • Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You share experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice. You study with students from other programmes who are from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds – this sharing gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. You can develop a sense of belonging to the programme while being able to discuss and explore your own area of interest. 

Peer-led discussion on research and practice issues raised in sessions provides the opportunity for interprofessional discussion and debate, and the opportunity to consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups which supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. You share taught sessions with the Education Doctorate, enhancing the range and type of discussions held within sessions as well as encouraging you to consider your progression after the programme.

How you are assessed

Staff have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support for your cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how we support your transition to studying at level 7. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study; to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, critical thinking and critical writing; and in the key IT skills such as literature searching. The assessment allows you to reflect on your own practice and context, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. Student feedback on the programme has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.



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