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.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.