MSc Educational Research Methods
This programme for education professionals will give you a critical understanding of key issues, principles and methods in education research.
You’ll learn to design, conduct, analyse and interpret education research, informed by an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical issues at work. You’ll study research design, data collection and analysis while learning to interpret results.
Crucially, you’ll consider how to choose and integrate different methodologies, bringing together qualitative and quantitative methods to answer the complex questions you’ll face throughout your professional career. You’ll use software for advanced statistical modelling, consider issues such as ethics, and develop your own research project.
This programme provides training in research methodologies that meets the requirements of the ESRC’s 1+3 arrangement for research studentships.
Please be aware that this programme contains a substantial mathematical and statistical element. You’ll need to be comfortable with intermediate level mathematics before you apply, and have the confidence to develop this further.
You’ll study a set of core modules that develop your understanding of different research methods, as well as the underlying assumptions and philosophical issues that impact on social science research.
Document analysis, interviewing and observing are the three key qualitative methods you’ll study, and you’ll develop and use different frameworks for analysing their findings. You’ll also explore quantitative methods, applying software such as SPSS to real datasets to build your skills. At the same time, you consider key philosophical debates such as positivism and empiricism, as well as their implications for the validity and reliability of knowledge claims in education research.
Throughout these modules you’ll gain a practical understanding of how the quality of research is affected by a whole chain of activities – from forming the right research questions to accurate reporting of results.
You’ll develop your knowledge when you formulate your own research questions and develop the design of your dissertation: an empirical study related to your own interests that allows you to navigate the whole research process and demonstrate your skills.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education 15 credits
- Philosophical underpinning of educational research 15 credits
- Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis 15 credits
- Introduction to quantitative data analysis 15 credits
- Statistical modelling in educational research 30 credits
- Dissertation in Research Methods 60 credits
- Educational Research Methods Directed Study 30 credits
- Contemporary Global Challenges in Education Policy and Leadership Practice 30 credits
- Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice 30 credits
- Directed Study in Education 1 15 credits
- Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
- Learning with Digital Technologies 30 credits
- Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments 30 credits
- Technology, Education and Society 30 credits
- Digital Learning in Practice 30 credits
- Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches 30 credits
- Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Curriculum 30 credits
- Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder 30 credits
- Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
- Theorizing Childhood and Youth 30 credits
- Research with Children and Young People 30 credits
- Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
- Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
- Learning and Language in Primary Classrooms 30 credits
- Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits
- The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change 15 credits
- Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
- Materials Development for TESOL 15 credits
Learning and teaching
We use diverse teaching and learning methods to reflect the variety of methods used on this programme. You’ll attend seminars and tutorials, as well as benefit from group learning sessions and online learning.
This programme also includes practical classes where you’ll work on statistics and data analysis. Independent study is also an important part of this course, allowing you to pursue your research interests and build your skills.
You’ll be assessed using methods that include poster presentations and essays, as well as data analysis and reporting tasks. Normally, you’ll be able to submit essay drafts to your tutors for feedback before you submit them, and we offer other forms of support as well.
This Masters provides an excellent grounding if you want to continue with academic educational research, such as PhD study. It's also suitable for those who want to develop their research skills for work in education more generally, for example in management roles with research responsibilities, or as practitioner researchers.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.