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Applied Educational and Social Research MSc

Applied Educational and Social Research MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Research Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The MSc Applied Educational & Social Research is a full-time one-year or two-year part-time degree, ideal for those looking to enhance their academic and professional understanding of research. The course looks at the issues facing educational and social researchers and offers a range of intellectual and practical resources to structure and explore these issues. Students are encouraged to identify their own area of interest for research and to explore this throughout the course, before completing their own dissertation research in this chosen area.

The course is aimed at two principal audiences:

  • those wishing to develop their professional understanding of applied research
  • those seeking to develop their research skills prior to undertaking PhD study

The full-time version of the course is available both as face-to-face attendance and as a form of blended learning involving face-to-face meetings with additional web-based content delivered by a dedicated online environment. This allows you to study at times that suit you. The classes are flexible, so you can make choices based on your own personal interests. The part-time version of the course is entirely distance learning.

The course offers an ESRC recognised route (+1) into a PhD in Education. Students following this route undertake 60 credits taught centrally with other ESRC students from across the Faculty.

International students completing this degree will further benefit from gaining an insight into the UK educational system.

What you’ll study

The programme will enable you to evaluate, design, conduct, analyse and justify educational and social research, in terms of:

  • underlying conceptions of the person, social relations, education and research practice
  • first-order principles which define valid research problems and knowledge
  • political and social assumptions about the purpose of research and its relationship to constituencies of practice and policy
  • research strategies implied by different philosophical assumptions
  • techniques for engaging in knowledge-gathering from different social and educational settings and sources
  • techniques for analysing data of all types
  • methods of disseminating research outcomes and emergent issues
  • use of research for educational and social ends


You'll be assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in educational and social research. You'll receive individual support to write a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a negotiated topic of interest.


Completion of this Masters-level degree will enhance your academic and professional understanding of research allowing for career opportunities in the broader field of education and social policy and practice. Career opportunities may include:

  • research roles
  • lecturer
  • educational/social policy developer

For some, this course will be the first step towards a PhD.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The module introduces the main research strategies which are available within the quantitative, qualitative and critical research traditions and how these may be used to generate knowledge about the questions at hand. The module emphasises the importance of self-awareness about the limitations of the knowledge produced and the ethical issues which might be entailed in the process of such research.

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

An undergraduate degree or equivalent.

University information

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