MEd Psychology of Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Methods and Analysis

Unit code EDUC60772
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No



This unit is the second of two on the MEd that provides coverage of the BPS Syllabus core areas of:

  • Research design & ethics
  • Quantitative methods and analysis in psychology
  • Qualitative methods and analysis in psychology




  • Examine the practical and theoretical issues associated with research in psychology and education and their application to real world problems
  • Develop an understanding of key methods and processes involved in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data
  • Develop and extend understandings of scientific processes and rigour and the research life cycle


Learning outcomes


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in research methods and analysis in psychology and education
  • Demonstrate an understanding of quality and rigour principles in the planning, development, and implementation of research projects
  • Identify and apply a range of appropriate methods and psychological tools for collecting data, including specialist software and data collection instruments
  • Appropriately apply methods and tools for analysing and presenting data



Indicative Curriculum Content

  • Reliability and Validity: Collecting Survey Data
  • Collecting Qualitative Self-Report Data
  • Revisiting Statistical Hypothesis Testing: ANOVAs
  • Revisiting Statistical Hypothesis Testing: Regression
  • Writing and Presenting Research: APA Conventions
  • Qualitative Coding Analysis Workshop
  • Quality and Rigour in Qualitative Research
  • Recording Behaviour
  • Future of Psychological Research

Teaching and learning methods


The course unit will be delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical experiments, and independent research activities. Students will be required to work both independently and in small groups and active participation will be encouraged at all times.

Practical skills

Key Skills

  •  Time management
  •  Independent study
  •  Using SPSS, NVIVO, searching electronic databases,  accessing library facilities, word processing.
  •  Undertake independent learning and reflect upon achievements.
  •  Present information, ideas and arguments. 
  •  Demonstrate powers of analysis.
  •  Ability to interpret data, graphs, charts and tables.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Report 50%

Feedback methods


Unit Feedback and Student Engagement

Student representation at both the programme and unit level plays an important role helping the quality of provision be upheld.  MEd student representatives liaise between staff and students on matters of concern to either side; provide two-way feedback on the course and on teaching quality, and promote student involvement in course development.  Student representatives participate in course review meetings (including a confidential meeting with external examiners) and feedback information from these meetings to other students.


At the end of each semester all students are asked to complete an on-line evaluation questionnaire for each course unit they have taken.  This anonymous feedback is circulated to unit leaders and supports quality assurance.


Formative assessment and written feedback to students is a key feature of this unit. Students are provided with formative written feedback when marking has been completed

Recommended reading


As with all units on the MEd, we like to offer a range of books and let you choose the combination that appeals to you. As such, you are advised to have a look through them all first (either in the University Library or online). 

The Online version of this Reading List will show you where these core texts can be found in the library or online:

In addition to recommended texts, you will be provided with an expanded reading list, including additional recommendations, reading lists of journal articles, chapters in edited texts and on-line resources that you are strongly encouraged to make use of.  You will also be expected to search relevant databases (e.g. PsycInfo) to find research that extends beyond explicit recommendations and the content covered in sessions.




Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alexandra Hennessey Unit coordinator
Ola Demkowicz Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Additional Notes This is a semester two unit. If possible, we encourage part-time students to undertake this unit in their first year.


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Private study


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