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MPhil in Education - Research Degree

Course Description

This research degree is appropriate if you are either an experienced, well-qualified practitioner looking to improve your academic and personal development or you are a suitably qualified graduate looking to extend your research skills and conduct a piece of educational research at doctoral level.

A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and carrying out supervised research – a systematic high level study of a problem or topic and presentation of results as a written thesis.

Normally you register for PhD subject to confirmation in the first instance and get confirmation after about one year of full-time study or its part-time equivalent. You must have a relevant UK masters degree with a substantial research training element to apply for direct PhD registration. It is also possible to study for an MPhil.

Supervision is available in various research areas including:
-Education policy studies.
-TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages).
-Pedagogy and practice.
-Pedagogy and new technologies.
-Social inclusion.
-Education and disability.
-Early years education.
-Language and literacy in education.
-Mathematics education.
-Leadership and management in education.
-Higher education.

We invite applicants to discuss their areas of interest before formulating a research proposal. This degree is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-education--research-degree

Course structure

Note: this course can be developed into a PhD. See website for further details: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-education--research-degree

Full time – 2 years to MPhil, 3 to 4 years to PhD.
Part time – 3 years to MPhil, 4 to 7 years to PhD.
Various start dates.

Course content
-In addition to your subject-focused research activity you must complete research training modules unless you have previously studied these on an appropriate masters degree. Fees for these modules are covered in the full-time fee. Part-time students must pay for these additional modules. Please contact us for further details.
-During your research leading to your thesis, you work under the guidance of your supervising team.

-Production of a written thesis followed by an oral examination where you explain your work.

Visit the MPhil in Education - Research Degree page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK masters degree. We consider candidates with other qualifications individually. You must have a relevant UK masters degree with a substantial research training element to apply for direct PhD registration. If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 7.0 score with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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