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Research Methods (Education) MA

Research Methods (Education) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Research

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

This course delivers high-quality research methods education, including training in the use of software packages for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and detailed discussion of research designs and their relationships to research questions, research epistemology and the philosophy of social science in general. 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 Department of 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Different course options

Full time | Durham University | 1 year | 08-OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 Credits) - Core
Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 Credits) - Core
Applied Statistics (30 Credits) - Core
Research Design and Process (15 Credits) - Core
Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 Credits) - Core
Research Methods in Education (30 Credits) - Core
Experiments in Education (15 Credits) - Core
Fieldwork and Interpretation (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (45 Credits) - Core
Perspectives on Social Research (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.