X1K107 Research Methods (Education) MA Postgraduate Taught 2019
This course 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.
The course 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 course is recognised by the ESRC for 1+3 funding.
The course is a cross-faculty course and modules are taught within the School of Education, the School of Applied Social Sciences (Sociology) and the Department of Psychology. This provides you with the opportunity to come into contact not only with researchers from different disciplines but also with other 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 (60 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)
- Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R (15 credits).
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Course Learning and Teaching
Teaching is offered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will take part in a range of learning activities, including reading, discussion, presentations, criticising existing research, analysing and interpreting data, designing experiments, search literature and synthesising the results of multiple studies. Each module is assessed with an assignment (3,000) words for a 15-credit module and a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.
English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£7,750.00 per year|
|Home Student||£7,750.00 per year|
|Island Student||£7,750.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£19,000.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£4,300.00 per year|
|Home Student||£4,300.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£10,100.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
School of Education
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School of Education
The School of Education is one of the leading departments of education in the UK. We are a large department, with around 50 academic staff, and around 650 postgraduate students (including our PGCE students, both primary and secondary). We are also supported by a large number of partners from schools and colleges. We have strong international links, welcoming students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world. We are committed to research which engages with, and has an impact upon, practice and policy as well as influencing the wider research community to develop educational practice, education policy and future educational research.
Ranked joint 5th in the UK for World-Leading research and joint 1st for World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.