Develop a thorough understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Explore theoretical approaches and the challenges of researching beyond boundaries. Focus on a specific research project of your choice.

This masters degree combines core units in research methods with education-specific option units across childhood and social policy.

This degree is accredited by the ESRC’s White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. Prospective UK students are therefore eligible to apply for 1+3 studentships to fund their MA and subsequent PhD. After completion of the course, UK students will also be eligible to apply for ESRC +3 awards to fund a PhD.

Study Details:

1 year, full-time 2 years, part-time

Module Details:

Term 1 Units: 

  • Principles and Debates in Social Research
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Professional Skills for Researchers

Term 2 Units:

  • Disciplinarities: Re-searching Beyond Boundaries

You will take two optional units that develop your ability to critically engage with published research and to develop your own research skills in support of your fields of interest:

You will choose one unit from each of the following:

  • Contemporary Issues in Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Social Policy and Social Work: research, policy and practice
  • Further Qualitative Methods
  • Further Quantitative Methods

Term 3 

  • Independent Research Project


Entry Requirements

Applicants need to have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

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