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Educational Research (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

Research in an educational setting requires a very specific set of skills. In this advanced-level programme you will gain those skills and develop your understanding of the nature and use of research in education.

Recognised as a Research Training programme by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this masters has been designed as both a free-standing degree and the first year of doctoral study (the first year of a ‘1+3’ programme).

This programme will allow you to develop analytical and practical skills useful not only for a career in academia but also in other research settings and in the commercial sector. If you are an education professional, the theories and techniques you will develop on this programme will enable you to undertake empirical work in your own area of practice.

On completion of the programme you will be able to critically evaluate research evidence based on quantitative and qualitative data and will have gained the knowledge and experience to conduct rigorous research in education and allied social subjects.

Programme structure

You will be taught through a range of learning and teaching activities: lectures, seminars, practical training, group work and discussion and self-study activities.

You will complete four programme-specific compulsory courses and two option courses. On completion of your taught courses, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Nature of Enquiry
Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
Qualitative Data Research
Designing Educational Research

Option courses may be chosen from those within the MSc Education, or from other MSc programmes in the School or from elsewhere across the University, subject to approval.

Career opportunities

This programme is an excellent step towards PhD study and a career in academia or in research within government and national or international organisations. It will also provide you with a series of analytical and practical transferable skills that will enhance your career prospects in any field of your choice.

Visit the Educational Research (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 1st or 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant experience.

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