University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Educational Research Methods

This programme is designed for education professionals that wish to develop a critical understanding of the issues, principles and methods of research in education; the programme explores the methodological and theoretical issues in educational and social science research; it provides students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to design, conduct, analyse and interpret research in education; students examine philosophical issues, research design, methods of data collection, analysis and the interpretation of results to achieve a generic grounding in research methods that combines breadth and depth, insight and capability; the programme also focuses on the selection and integration of methods appropriate to the research issues and contexts students may encounter during their professional career, rather than simply presenting the choice of a qualitative or quantitative research identity; the programme provides training in research methodology that meets the requirements of the ESRC's 1+3 arrangement for research studentships.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st degree in a relevant subject and at least 2 years' experience in the field of education is required; other applicants with appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Getting started: research questions and approaches in education; philosophical underpinning of educational research; educational research methods directed study; introduction to quantitative data analysis; qualitative data (processes of collection, interpretation and analysis); educational research methods dissertation study. 1-2 optional modules: Educational research methods directed study; learning with virtual worlds; design and evaluation of web-based learning environments; e-learning (principles and practices); international educational management (developing staff for institutional improvement); international educational management (developing financial and material resources); international educational management (effective development of policies and plans for change); the 14-19 curriculum; trends in research in mathematics education; developmental disorders 2 (attention deficit disorder and autistic spectrum disorder); teaching children with learning difficulties; developmental disorders in the early years; learning and teaching vocabulary; grammar learning and teaching; learning and language in primary classrooms; teacher education for TESOL; the TESOL curriculum and TESOL change; assessing language learning; materials development for TESOL; language learning and teaching with ICT (online).

Sponsorship information

Some scholarships available for both UK/EU and International Students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Education
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