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Research Methods (Education)

This course delivers high-quality research methods training, including practical experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software packages and detailed analysis related to research epistemology and the philosophy of social science. The course is suited to those hoping to later pursue a research degree (usually PhD) but who do not meet the research methods training entry requirements, as well as those who wish to apply for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship, as the course is recognised by the ESRC for 1plus3 funding. The course is a cross-faculty course and modules are taught within the School of Education, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Psychology. This provides you with the opportunity to come into contact not only with researchers from different disciplines but also with other students studying research methods in different disciplines across the Social Sciences.

Entry requirements

MA: A good honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Design and Process (15 credits); Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits); Experiments in Education (15 credits); Research Methods in Education (30 credits); Dissertation (60 credits). Either: Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Or: Fieldwork and Interpretation (15 credits). Either: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits) And: Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) Or: Applied Statistics (30 credits). Optional Modules: 15 credits from: Philosophy of Social Research (15 credits); Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS and R (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed with an assignment (3,000) words for a 15-credit module and a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for 1+3 funding, and eligible candidates can apply for funding for this and subsequent PhD study through the ESRC's 1+3 route.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 19,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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