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X1K107 Research Methods (Education) MA Postgraduate Taught  2016


UCAS code X1K107
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date 06-10-2016
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 8316

Course Content


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.

Core Modules

  • 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)

Optional Modules

15 credits from:

  • Philosophy of Social Research (15 credits)
  • Computer Based Applications in Social Research (15 credits).

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A good honours degree at 2:1 (or international equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,000.00
Home Student £7,000.00
Island Student £7,000.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Part Time Fees

EU Student £3,900.00
Home Student £3,900.00
Island Student £3,900.00
International non-EU Student £8,700.00

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Education

Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please view our department web pages

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

School of Education


The School of Education is one of the leading departments for education in the UK. We are a large department, with around 50 academic staff, and nearly 700 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 international 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.


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