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Educational Research MSc

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Degree awarded
12 Months FT and 24 Months PT
Entry requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:1 classification), or the overseas equivalent. An exception may be made for applicants with considerable professional expertise in educational settings who wish to pursue educational research at postgraduate level, especially where their first degree is in a non-humanities subject (for example, an experienced science teacher with a 2:2 degree in physics.)

Applicants must submit a personal statement and/or research proposal . This needs to explain why you specifically want to study for a research methods degree and must outline the general topic you are interested in researching, and your experience (be it professional, academic, personal) relating to this. Until we receive this document we will be unable to consider your application.

To complete your application please also submit the following documents:

  • Copies of official degree certificates or transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report; WAEC certificate

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online .

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Applicants may also wish to consider applying for a 1+3 PhD place, where the offer of a 3 year PhD can be made conditional on completion of the MSc to a sufficiently high standard. Please consult the School of Environment, Education and Development webpages for information on this.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This course has been designed to prepare students to carry out and evaluate educational research in a critical and self-critical manner. It is aimed at those wishing to seek employment as a researcher, or to conduct educational research as part of their professional role, and those hoping to continue to PhD study. During the course, students will learn how to plan their own research, generate and analyse their own data, and ensure that their findings are robust and will withstand scrutiny. To ensure that they receive a comprehensive research training, students will learn about statistical methods and those associated with generating and analysing qualitative data.

Throughout the course, students will apply the techniques they learn to researching issues of their choice. This means that it is important for students joining the course to have a sense of the broad topic(s) they are interested in researching, and to be motivated to undertake independent study to develop their knowledge of their chosen topic(s). For those interested in pursuing PhD study, the course is a valuable opportunity to find out where their interests really lie, so that they can develop a focused PhD proposal.


Fees for entry in 2015 have not been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2014 were as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £14,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Linda Williams
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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