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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

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. 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-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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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.