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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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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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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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Programme description. Research in an educational setting requires a very specific set of skills. In this advanced-level programme you will gain those skills and develop your understanding of the nature and use of research in education. Read more

Programme description

Research in an educational setting requires a very specific set of skills. In this advanced-level programme you will gain those skills and develop your understanding of the nature and use of research in education.

Recognised as a Research Training programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this masters has been designed as both a free-standing degree and the first year of doctoral study (the first year of a ‘1+3’ programme).

This programme will allow you to develop analytical and practical skills useful not only for a career in academia but also in other research settings and in the commercial sector. If you are an education professional, the theories and techniques you will develop on this programme will enable you to undertake empirical work in your own area of practice.

On completion of the programme you will be able to critically evaluate research evidence based on quantitative and qualitative data and will have gained the knowledge and experience to conduct rigorous research in education and allied social subjects.

PLEASE NOTE: The MSc Educational Research is currently being reviewed and is likely to become a pathway in the MSc Education programme. The structure of the programme will remain very similar and the new structure will also still count as the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised programme within the School of Education, being part of the 1+3 PhD structure (1 year MSc and 3 years PhD). Successful applicants of the MSc Educational Research will be required to transfer to the new MSc Education (Research) should this new pathway receive final University approval and validation.

Further informal inquiries about this review can be sent to the programme director (see ‘Further information’ section below).

Programme structure

You will be taught through a range of learning and teaching activities: lectures, seminars, practical training, group work and discussion and self-study activities.

You will complete four programme-specific compulsory courses and two option courses. On completion of your taught courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Nature of Enquiry
  • Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
  • Qualitative Data Research
  • Designing Educational Research

Option courses may be chosen from those within the MSc Education, or from other MSc programmes in the School or from elsewhere across the University, subject to approval.

Career opportunities

This programme is an excellent step towards PhD study and a career in academia or in research within government and national or international organisations. It will also provide you with a series of analytical and practical transferable skills that will enhance your career prospects in any field of your choice.



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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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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

Find out more:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/292/social-and-educational-research/ ;

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:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*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

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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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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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. 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.

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

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.

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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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. 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.

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

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.

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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Why Surrey?. Our unique MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme allows you to study theory while benefitting from hands-on research experience. Read more

Why Surrey?

Our unique MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme allows you to study theory while benefitting from hands-on research experience.

It covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods and allows you to develop research approaches to studying psychology, from the level of social groups through to neuro-imaging of brain activity.

Programme overview

Our MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme is designed to provide you with expertise in psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences.

You will develop the skills necessary for critically evaluating research, formulating innovative research questions, conducting empirical research, and analysing, interpreting and reporting research results.

The programme covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods, allowing you to develop research approaches that combine multiple methods in unique ways. By the end of the programme, you will have developed an individual profile of research skills.

The programme also provides an ideal stepping stone for research at PhD level.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Career prospects

Students who have completed the Psychology programmes have progressed to a range of careers in areas such as local government, management, research posts in universities and commercial organisations, healthcare and clinical psychology, and many have progressed on to study for a PhD.

Research

We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research life of the School through active participation in one of the research groups, attendance at research seminars and, where possible, an attachment to ongoing research projects.

As a student of the Department of Psychology, you will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide postgraduate students with expertise of current psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences
  • To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for research at PhD level and/or making transition to the world of work
  • To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for formulating appropriate research questions, conducting empirical research and analysing and reporting research results

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Of the basic principles of research design and strategies
  • Of psychology as an evidence-based science and the historical and theoretical issues underlying the discipline
  • Of psychological concepts and methodologies and how to evaluate the range of alternative research methods
  • Of quantitative/qualitative techniques to manage and analyse psychological data
  • Of different methods to present and communicate the results
  • Of ethical considerations when undertaking research

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources of research
  • Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of psychological theories and methods in addressing research problems
  • Critically compare methods and research findings to develop, where appropriate, integrative theoretical frameworks to understand research methodologies
  • Design, conduct and evaluate psychological research including a rationale for choice of methods employed;
  • Reflect on the mutual interaction between theory development, practice and application.

Professional practical skills

  • Communicate work in a professional manner for academic and non-academic audiences in written and verbal formats
  • Apply problem solving techniques to psychological research topics effectively
  • Use effective learning strategies
  • Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence in a competent and critical manner

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate theories and methods in relation to psychology research by oral and written means
  • Use information technology effectively
  • Manage own personal development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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