This innovative Masters course prepares you for a career in educational research, whether you plan to go on to a doctorate or take your research in other directions.

Under the expert guidance of our team of leading academics, you’ll develop a broad range of research skills. You’ll learn to design and plan research projects and collect, analyse, interpret and report qualitative and quantitative data. By the time you graduate you’ll have a deeper understanding of the theoretical, ethical, political and comparative aspects of carrying out educational research.

The course also covers digital methodologies, and you’ll be involved with cutting-edge research projects currently being carried out by staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Ranked 1st in Scotland for Education – The Guardian University Guide 2018

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#3 Benefit from our flexible programme and its online and part-time study options

Course objectives

This course is designed to equip you for a career in educational research or act as preparation for doctoral study (as a 1 + 3 route to a PhD). You’ll develop a range of invaluable research skills and engage closely with current research projects underway at the University and beyond.

The course offers you:

  • a structured taught course in educational research
  • excellent preparation for doctoral studies by research
  • first-hand experience of current education research projects in the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • the award of a Masters degree
  • a course recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Professional accreditations

Our Educational Research course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as meeting its requirements for postgraduate research training, and also forms part of the recognised pathway in educational research for the Scottish Graduate School in the Social Sciences.

Work placements

An opportunity to undertake a research placement will be available to you as you work towards your MRes.

Course details

Grow your expertise through a diverse range of modules covering multiple aspects of Educational Research.

It comprises six core taught modules and – for students seeking to earn the MRes – a dissertation of 15,000 words.


The course is designed to meet the Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for broad knowledge, practical skills and both generic and specific competencies in educational research. The taught modules are delivered by education experts from the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Assessment for modules is based on coursework, which includes assignments of approximately 3,000 words in length.

Classroom hours

The expected period of study for each module is 200 hours, with an approximate amount of 20 hours face-to-face teaching time.

Course director

Dr Greg Mannion


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Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas £13,650
  • Home/EU £4,700
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based, Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Aug 2020
12 - 27 months
4,700 GBP
Home/EU: £4,700 - Overseas: £13,650
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