The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:
- to examine the theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines; - provide training in research methods appropriate to education; - advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgment; - cater for a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.
- 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.
The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Mathematics Education' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.
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 online.
- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words. - Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words. - Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.
Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education 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.
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.