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Social Research in Education (MRes)

Course Description

MRes Social Research in Education at Winchester offers a programme of focused study of research methods applicable to educational settings and educational enquiry. The programme develops an in-depth understanding of research methods, research design and the cultural and ethical contexts in which educational research takes place.

Programme Content

The programme provides intensive training in social research methods and approaches. It aims to equip students with advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills, which support them in developing towards careers in research or as senior professionals able to support others in research endeavours, for example in schools.

Research design is a focus, enabling students to select appropriate approaches and methods to carry out investigations. It provides students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills along with the ability to analyse and communicate complex
ideas, and creatively plan and manage an independent postgraduate research project in education. It also equips students with the necessary skills to undertake further doctoral study.

Students may choose to target a particular aspect of educational practice for data collection. However, assignments analyse data collection methods, analysis approaches or ethical aspects of the research rather than the content of the practice.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/mres-social-research-in-education.aspx


- Quantitative Methods in Social Research
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research
- Theory, Practice and Ethics in Social Research
- Independent Study

Learning and Teaching

Workshops and seminars develop some of the underpinning research skills. Students are part of ongoing online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students, and are equipped to present aspects of research in a range of ways.


Assessed work includes portfolios of completed tasks, essays, presentations and posters; all assessments are given numerical grades. For the dissertation, students choose an empirical or theoretical aspect of research methodology, and explore this through a project which may also explore an aspect of education that interests them.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Students are equipped to pursue careers in educational research, as research officers working for educational bodies such as local authorities, as contract researchers or as project officers working on funded projects in higher education or research institutes.

Visit the Social Research in Education (MRes) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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