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Education (MRes)

Course Description


The Master of Research is a Faculty wide, cross-disciplinary research training course with an Education strand. It provides high quality training to potential doctoral students as well as a stand-alone qualification to train social science researchers.

Depending on your research interests you will be placed within a research group within the Department of Education, which will have seminar and reading group activities that you can join.

You will also spend a small period of time shadowing an experienced researcher.

The programme aims to:

- teach you to systematically review alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in social and educational enquiry
- enable you to critically evaluate the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social and educational enquiry in which students are specialising
- support you within an active research community, in identifying and investigating your own original research questions
- equip you with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/study-with-us/south-west-doctoral-training-centre/). It forms part of the Education Discipline-specific Pathway.

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, where successful graduates could proceed onto an PhD in the Department of Education.

If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) you should indicate on the Application Form, your preferred PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/mast-of-rese-educ/

Programme structure

Semester one
- Contemporary Issues in Educational Research 1 : Critical Users
- Principles and Skills of Social Research
- Qualitative Methods 1
- Quantitative Methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods
- Short Research Apprenticeship Project

Semester two
- Contemporary issues in educational research 2: competent producers
- Quantitative methods 2 or Qualitative methods 2
- Independent research essay
- Long research apprenticeship project

You will also complete a 15,000 word Dissertation.

View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ed/ed-proglist-pg.html#C) for further information.

Learning and teaching

Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.

Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures are quite formal, whereas seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion. Additionally, you will work independently with a supervisor to develop and put into practice your research ideas.

- Core teaching staff
Teaching staff are drawn from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, enabling you to benefit from a broad range of social science research.

Methods of assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, group work, projects, oral presentations.

During the course of the programme you will devise and carry out a piece of empirical research.

We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.


Graduates of this programme are well placed to apply for research posts within the education, government and voluntary sector. You will also be well prepared for further PhD study.

About the department

The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.

We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

Visit the Education (MRes) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Suzanne Carrie

Although I knew I didn't want to study for a PhD, I wanted to gain a qualification that would validate my research skills. Being able to analyse and evaluate work effectively is hugely important in today's job market and I knew the MRes would be beneficial in my career.

I enjoyed the Long Research Project and Dissertation experiences as they gave me an opportunity to put what I had learnt into practice and to engage with research methods and academic theories in a deep way. Because both projects focus largely on the methods rather than the content you get the opportunity to really get to grips with particular theoretical perspectives and to try out different methods. This is really useful because it reminds you how important these considerations are in research projects. It's too easy to get focused on the topic and forget that how you investigate it matters just as much.


PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

We are also offering 30 bursaries of £6,000 as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Taught Bursary Scheme. We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are available to home students on full-time or part-time taught masters programmes.- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study. IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each component); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

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