This course aims to prepare students to carry out and evaluate educational research in a critical and self-critical manner. Students are encouraged to develop analytical and thinking skills appropriate to study at postgraduate level in relation to the different philosophical approaches to research. It supports the acquisition of cognitive, practical and transferable skills relevant to research and practice in the UK and overseas, and enables the development of skills necessary for employment as an educational researcher or as a practitioner researcher employed in education. It is aimed primarily at those wishing to conduct educational research either full-time or as part of their professional role and those wishing to continue onto doctoral research.
The course is composed of compulsory and optional course units. The compulsory units include: Planning of Research; Literature Review; Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Methods; and Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis Techniques. Typical optional units include topics such as Researching Disability; Discourse Analysis; Researching Sensitive Issues; Test Development and Action Research.