This innovative course prepares you for doctoral studies and a career in Educational Research through a series of taught modules and a dissertation. Under the expert guidance of a team of leading academics you will learn the skills of research, from conception through to design, methodology and data collection, to analysis, interpretation and dissemination. As part of the course you will engage closely with cutting edge research projects currently being undertaken by Education staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as meeting its requirements for postgraduate research training, and it now forms part of the recognised pathway in educational research for the Scottish Graduate School in the Social Sciences.
Top Reasons To Study With Us
- You will be contributing to the overall research capacity in Education, thereby making a difference to practice and/or policy.
- You will gain a MRes from a Faculty whose Education programmes are ranked as one of the best in the UK
- You will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of research by expert researchers in Education and the Social Sciences.
- You will be introduced to leading edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and mutli-professional environment.
- You will have the benefits of a flexible programme that supports you through different stages of the research process.
The MRes is designed to equip you for a career in educational research or as preparation for doctoral study (as a 1 + 3 route to PhD). You will develop a range of research skills and will engage closely with current research projects in Education.
The course will offer 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 Master’s degree
- A course recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to developing capable educational researchers as well as enabling you to improve your career prospects, employability is an important focus of this course. We aim to:
- Recruit people with a good degree in social sciences
- Enable you to undertake collaborative tasks and assignments
- Enable you to successfully undertake a viable research project, relevant to existing interests in Education, and to fulfil your aims and aspirations for your future doctoral studies or work
What makes us different?
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.
Delivery and assessment
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.
It comprises taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules are delivered Education and Social Science experts from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Summative assessment for modules will be based on coursework and will be assessed through assignments approximately 3000 words in. length.
Students will be required to conduct a small piece of educational research and write this up as a 15,000-word dissertation to be completed during May to September (May to December for part-time students).
The MRes in Education Research is designed to enhance the career prospects of researchers in education, training and related areas of work, and professionals requiring the capacity to understand and commission research in these fields. It is essential preparation for doctoral research in education and is recognised by Economic and Social Research Council as meeting its criteria for postgraduate research training that helps students improve their employability while acquiring core research skills. Employability is an important focus of this course, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students.
This school offers programs in:
Cost & Fees
- Overseas £13,050
- Home/EU £4,600
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.
Last updated January 16, 2017