Our MRes award provides a research underpinning/training for those progressing towards doctoral study, and for research workers in education and the social sciences. It is also relevant for those in leadership positions in education and the social science policy fields seeking to commission or deliver research and contribute confidently in contemporary debates.
Features and benefits of the course
-Students will engage with leading academics at the Education and Social Research Institute, (ESRI), one of the leading UK centres for educational research. -A research training programme potentially leading to further PhD study -Opportunity to study in a vibrant and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community of over 1,000 students
About the Course
The full time MRes is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements.
As well as (30 credit) taught units of study, the MRes also provides opportunities to gain practice experience in UK educational contexts (via optional unit choice), and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.
In term one, students undertake two core units. The unit 'Theory and Philosophy in Educational and Social Research' introduces students to some of the challenges of social science and educational inquiry, including a consideration of the key philosophical positions in Western thought that have informed existing research traditions, and draws attention to current challenges and alternatives.
The unit 'Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design' is interconnected with the other full time Masters awards in the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme and enables consideration of the research design process, including a range of methodological approaches, and ethical issues.
In term two, students are able to choose two options from the following: -Collaborative Research Project -Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change -Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood -Independent Study -Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs -Practice Based Project -Transformative and Ethical Leadership of Educational Settings
Taught units offered develop students' ability to critically engage with published research and to develop their own research skills in support of their own fields of interest. The optional unit 'Collaborative Research Project' develops the practical, analytical and 'real-life' research skills involved in working with others on a small research project.
Every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.