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Master of Education (Research in Second Language Education) PGCE entry only

Master of Education (Research in Second Language Education) PGCE entry only

Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Education Research Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This PGCEM course adopts a broad definition of the term "Second Language Education". It considers issues relating to the teaching and learning of modern languages in English schools and communities as well as issues relating to the teaching of English as a Second/Foreign/Additional Language across the world. The course enables students to combine linguistic and social analysis in their research.

The route aims to combine in-depth critical understanding of the main currents of conceptual thinking in the literature on second language learning with practical training in aspects of L2 empirical research. The aims of the route are: to examine key theoretical perspectives which have influenced recent research in second language education and to relate these to the wider context of educational research; to analyse and develop effective methodologies in conducting empirical research in second language teaching and learning in schools and communities; to develop critical skills with respect to the literature on research in second language teaching and learning, focusing mainly on core readings which provide instructive examples of empirical research and to investigate the language education issues in an international and comparative perspective. All students will receive individual supervision in the planning and analysis of an L2-related empirical project of their choice which will form the centre piece of their thesis and which will draw on different strands of the theoretical and methodological components of the taught units.

By the end of the programme, students will have: a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain; demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field; shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies and demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree. This course is only open to Applicants who have completed the PGCE at the Faculty of Education. This route is intended for applicants with a background in foreign language education. Applicants will typically have a good honours degree in a foreign language or applied linguistics. Some prior professional involvement in an aspect of the field of L2 education is preferred (for instance, in teaching, assessment or teacher training).