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Educational Research MSc

Course Description

The aim of the MSc Educational Research is to provide the methodological, analytical and practical expertise required to become a competent educational researcher. This is an Economic and Social Research Council-recognised programme, and one of the research training pathways that make up the South West Doctoral Training Centre.

This MSc will appeal to applicants who are interested in developing a career in educational research and professionals working in education institutions and organisations that require research knowledge and skills. You will work towards a Master's qualification, through six taught units (120 credit points) and a dissertation (60 credit points), to cover the required preparatory training for a PhD application. It also provides research training for PhD candidates, who are required to take four core units (80 credit points).

Programme structure

Core units:
-Core Skills in Educational Research (not assessed)
-Understanding Educational Research
-Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

Optional units include:
-Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

(units can also be selected from other Master's programmes in the school)

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

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

Entry Requirements

A UK undergraduate honours degree (upper second-class honours or international equivalent) and relevant professional experience.

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