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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2018

Course content

The MRes in Educational Studies is a combined programme consisting of a taught element and a research element. The taught element consists of a number of core modules which are taken from the Doctoral Research Training programme. You will then complete a 20,000 words research dissertation.

With over 100 lecturing and research staff and dedicated research centres, our School of Education is one of the largest research-led schools of education in the UK with a distinguished reputation for excellence in our research and teaching practice both nationally and internationally. More than 82% of its research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*) in the 2014 REF. In addition, the University is one of only 12 UK institutions to have been awarded 'Doctoral Training Centre' status by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK funding body for social sciences. 

Course details

The MRes in Educational Studies is a combined programme consisting of a taught element and a research element with a dissertation of 20,000 words.

The taught element consists of the following core modules which are taken from the Doctoral Research Training programme.   

Programme content

The core modules you will take are:

  • Philosophy of Social Research 
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research

You will then complete a 20,000 words research dissertation.

Learning and teaching

You will undertake advanced research under the supervision and guidance of an experienced member of the School of Education staff. 

Research Facilities 

The School of Education is equipped with the facilities to suit your needs, whatever programme you may be studying with us. As a doctoral researcher you will have 24-hour access to work space in our research suite, where there are computer and telephone facilities. You also have access to University libraries and computer facilities, as well as other entitlements such as grants towards conference attendance and photocopying. Many research students work with supervisors in publishing articles and making their work public.  

Employability

Over the last five years, an impressive 98.3 % of Education postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training. It will also appeal to applicants with teaching and research interests in this area.

What type of career assistance is available to postgraduate researchers in Education? 

The College of Social Sciences, to which the School of Education belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for postgraduate researchers on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice and 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles. 

The University also has dedicated careers advisors who run workshops and provide networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with international postgraduate researchers.


Visit the Educational Studies - MRes page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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