MSc Educational Research

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Two to three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

The aim of the MSc Educational Research is to provide the methodological, analytical and practical expertise required to become a competent educational researcher. This is an Economic and Social Research Council-recognised programme, and one of the research training pathways that make up the South West Doctoral Training Centre.

This MSc 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. You will work towards a Master's qualification, through six taught units (120 credit points) and a dissertation (60 credit points), to cover the required preparatory training for a PhD application. It also provides research training for PhD candidates, who are required to take four core units (80 credit points).

Fees for 2017/18

Full time fees

UK
£6,400
Overseas (non-EU)
£15,700

Part time fees

UK
£3,200

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

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 include

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

(units can also be selected from other Master's programmes in the school)

Dissertation

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

Entry requirements

A UK undergraduate honours degree (upper second-class honours or international equivalent) and relevant professional experience.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method 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.

Careers

We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. 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 throughout the world
  • Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community

Read more about the careers of some of our graduates.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

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 33 14234 Email: ed-masters-admiss@bristol.ac.uk

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

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