X1K107 Research Methods (Education) MA Postgraduate Taught 2015
This programme delivers high-quality research methods training, including practical experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software packages and detailed analysis related to research epistemology and the philosophy of social science. It can provide opportunities to gain 'hands on' experience and contribute to current research projects, working, for example, with the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).
The programme is suited to those hoping to later pursue a research degree (usually PhD) but who do not meet the research methods training entry requirements, as well as those who wish to apply for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship, as the programme is recognised by the ESRC for 1+3 funding.
The programme is a Faculty-wide course and modules are taught within the School of Education, the School of Applied Social Sciences (Sociology) and the Department of Psychology. This provides our students the opportunity to come into contact with students studying research methods in different disciplines across the Social Sciences.
- Research Design and Process (15 credits)
- Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits)
- Experiments in Education (15 credits)
- Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
- Dissertation (45 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits)
- Fieldwork and Interpretation (15 credits)
- Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits)
Applied Statistics (30 credits)
15 credits from:
- Philosophy of Social Research (15 credits)
- Computer Based Applications in Social Research (15 credits).
Subjects required, level and grade
A good honours degree at 2:1 (or international equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.
English Language requirements
IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with no element under 6.5) or equivalent.
Requirements and Admissions
The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.
Fees and Funding
Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition
EU student fees£6600
Home student fees£6600
Islands student fees£6600
International non-EU student fees£14900
Scholarships and funding
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