This flexible programme is aimed at educators and education professionals who want to gain additional knowledge and skills to help improve their practice.
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules taught by leading researchers, which explore different aspects of educational leadership, use of technology to support learning, child development and teaching English to speakers of other languages among others. At the same time, you’ll build your knowledge of educational research methods and apply them to your own critical study of a related topic.
With our excellent library resources and your own teaching experience, you’ll be in a great position to pursue your interests and focus on the topics that suit your career ambitions. You’ll also improve your skills in written and oral communication, analysis, research, leadership qualities and data collection – all vital for a career in any sector of education.
This programme is unique in that you may draw upon the expertise across the School of Education. That means you’ll have access to the knowledge and experience of leading researchers across a diverse range of topics.
Supported by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, which provides research training and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, you’ll develop your skills in a stimulating environment.
This programme may also be studied part-time in exceptional circumstances, but it is important to emphasise we offer no special provision for part-time students – teaching sessions and meetings generally occur during the working day, so if you are considering applying for part-time status you must ensure that you are able to attend these.
Throughout the programme you’ll take a core module introducing you to the principles and methods of educational research, as well as issues such as ethics and using research to improve educational practice for both individuals and organisations. You’ll be expected to study two of three additional modules on research methods to expand and sharpen your skills.
You’ll demonstrate what you’ve learned through your own critical study, where you’ll consult regularly with your supervisor as you independently research an educational topic that may or may not be related to your own practice. We can only accept you onto the programme if, at the application stage, you propose a critical study on a topic or issue that matches the available supervisory expertise within the School of Education.
Across the year you’ll also select from optional modules reflecting the research interests of academic staff in the School of Education.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
There are two compulsory modules on this programme, including your critical study. You’ll then have to study and pass at least two of the three optional research methods modules, and you’ll normally take two or three from the full range of optional modules available. Some modules are only available in alternate years.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|- Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education|
- Critical Study
|- Philosophical underpinning of educational research|
- Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis
- Introduction to quantitative data analysis
Further options are listed in the catalogue
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including weekly seminars, group learning, tutorials, fieldwork, online learning and lectures. Independent study is also vital, as it allows you to pursue your interests and develop high-level skills.
Most assessment is by written essay. Occasionally assessment is by other approaches, such as poster presentations or reflective logs.
Every student on this programme is already established in teaching, and many receive sponsorship and support from their own schools as part of their continued professional development. You’ll develop your skills in research and analysis, and the insights gained from your studies may help to inform your teaching practice. Some students may also decide to pursue further research at PhD or EdD level.