Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Education (Quantitative Research in Education)

This programme should be of primary interest to those wishing to go on to study for a PhD in education as well as to policy makers and advisers within local authorities, government departments and education bodies. This new, distinctive programme is linked to the Centre for Effective Education, which has built up an international reputation over the past few years in the conduct of high quality quantitatively-focused educational evaluations, in particular using randomised control trial designs.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context. Applicants who do not meet the above academic criteria, but have an academic qualification which the School deems acceptable and relevant to the course of study applied to, will be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate extensive (at least 5 years) professional experience in an education, training or other relevant context. This professional experience must have been acquired within the ten years preceding the date of application. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: experimental methods in educational research; multivariate data analysis in educational research; quantitative methods in educational research; statistical analysis in educational research; statistical modelling in educational research; survey methods in educational research.

Assessment methods

There are no written examinations. The main assessment method will be an assignment - either a report or an essay depending on the module.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

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School of Education
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