X1K107 Research Methods (Education) MA Postgraduate Taught 2017
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 you with the opportunity to come into contact 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 (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)
- Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R (15 credits).
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 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.
Requirements and Admissions
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
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£7,400.00 per year|
|Home Student||£7,400.00 per year|
|Island Student||£7,400.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£16,500.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£4,100.00 per year|
|Home Student||£4,100.00 per year|
|Island Student||£4,100.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£9,100.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
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.
You will be taught by a variety of staff across departments.
Dr Jens Beckmann is the Pathway Leader. His areas of expertise and the main foci of his research have mainly been on the study and the assessment of intellectual abilities.