Durham University

Durham University

Research Methods (Education)

This programme delivers 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. It can provide opportunities to gain 'hands on' experience and contribute to current research projects, working, for example, with the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree at 2.1 (or international equivalent). Significant relevant experience is also considered. English language requirements include an IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with no element under 6.0) or equivalent.

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 (45 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); computer based applications in social research (15 credits).

Assessment methods


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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Education
Telephone number: 
0191 334 8316