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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") website

  • Last Updated

    13 November 2018

Course content

The overall purpose of this MSc is to prepare you for the independent conduct of educational research. You will acquire general social science research skills that can be used in different contexts and applied to a variety of problems, and also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular field of education within a research preparation framework.

Our MSc is relevant to students with different interests:

*Doctoral research students:

The programme provides excellent preparation for a PhD. The four taught modules of the MSc are required research training for all MPhil/PhD students. The School has a wide range of research interests, which are practically reflected in the topics of our Research Groups.

*Students interested in a Masters programme that prepares them in educational research knowledge and skills:

Some students wish to do an educational research programme without having decided whether to undertake a Doctoral programme.

*Students wishing to undertake a Masters programme in a specific area of education:

Other students may wish to study a particular field of education at Masters level. This programme enables specialisation within a research preparation programme (eg, post-compulsory education, or personal and social education). The specific area of study can be studied within each of the four taught research modules and become the focus for the dissertation.

Studying full-time, part-time or at a distance

Students attend one or two weekly twilight sessions during term-time dependent on whether the full- or part-time option is selected. The programme can also be studied with no attendance at Exeter by distance learning, which is particularly useful for international students and UK students who cannot travel easily to Exeter.

For further information on this programme please visit our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/edresearchmsc

Programme structure

As a full-time on campus student, you will take two sessions each week during term time. Part-time students take one session per week during term time.

If you are studying by distance learning, the online programme has set start and finish dates.

Each module consists of ten sessions delivered through a blended system of learning.

On campus

Modules are taught through a blended system of learning including lectures and online learning groups.

Each module has 10 sessions to attend on campus. You will also have access to PowerPoint slides and video recordings of the lectures.

In addition there are joint online learning groups (about 6-8 per group), which are mixed groups of campus and distance students, both home and international. These online activities draw on the lectures and involve collaborative peer learning supported by online tutorial support and feedback

You will have regular tutorials with your relevant module tutor and/or support from the supplementary programme – this is specifically designed for those needing academic support with the programme, for example, those for whom English is a second language.

If you are studying the MSc as part of the doctoral programme, you will also have tutorial support from your research mentors, supervisory coordinator and/or supervisors during your first year.

Distance learning

Modules are taught through a blended system of learning including lectures and effective online facilities:

  • modules are taught through access to lectures that include PowerPoint slides and video recordings by the lecturer;
  • supplementary web resources to these recorded lectures;
  • joint online learning groups (about 6-8 per group), which are mixed groups of campus and distance students, both home and international. These online activities draw on the lectures and involve collaborative peer learning supported by online tutorial support and feedback;
  • readings.

You will interact regularly with your tutors online and benefit from collaboration with fellow students through the small online groups and directed activities.

Read more at on our website.

On completion, you will be equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study or training for professional practice. Career Zone provides advice and support to help you progress in your chosen path. For more information on careers support at Exeter, see our postgraduate employment and professional development webpages.


Visit the MSc Educational Research page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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