MSc Educational Research

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time
Two to five years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The MSc Educational Research aims to provide the methodological, analytical and practical expertise required to become a competent educational researcher. This is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised programme and also one of the research training pathways that make up the South West Doctoral Training Centre. The programme is aimed at aspirant researchers, who wish to gain a Masters qualification in six units (120 credits points) and a dissertation (60 credit points) that will cover the required preparatory training to support a PhD application; it also provides ESRC-approved research training for PhD candidates, who are required to take four core units (80 credit points). The MSc Educational Research will appeal to applicants who are interested in developing a career in educational research and professionals working in education institutions and organisations that require research knowledge and skills.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,100
Overseas
£14,900

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,050

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Core Skills in Educational Research (not assessed)
  • Understanding Educational Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

Optional units (and from wider Master’s programme)

  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Dissertation
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree (upper second-class honours or international equivalent) and a year's appropriate professional experience.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised.

Careers

We aim to offer our students the academic and personal development opportunities that will equip them to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that they will encounter throughout their lives and careers.

Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:

  • Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field
  • Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative
  • High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice
  • Highly employable, world wide
  • Adaptable with the potential to be leaders in work and in the community. 

Read more about the journeys of some of our graduates.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 19% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4491 Email: ed-masters-admiss@bristol.ac.uk

Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol BS8 1JA http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/study/masters/edres/

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