You need to have a relevant Masters degree or equivalent or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma, a professional qualification in education and three years professional experience.
In the first year there are three assessed modules. These are studied by both full and part-time students:
1 Educational Research, Theory and Methodology
Studies the philosophical basis of the major research perspectives including positivist and interpretivist tradition; phenomenology and ethnography; feminist approaches and knowledge and critical theory.
2 Evaluating Research Fields and Designs
Examines a wide variety of actual research studies within education and analyses the ways in which the perspectives discussed in Educational Research, Theories and Methodology are translated into practical research studies.
3 Data Collection and Analysis
Considers a wide range of data collection techniques and instruments, including the collection of questionnaire survey data, and the use of interviews within research. Practical advice is provided on the design of both questionnaires and interview schedules.
The module also provides an introduction to computer packages for analysing quantitative and qualitative data. Our aim is to enable you to input your own data to an appropriate package and be able to interpret the output.
Full-time students also study a module, Developing Research Proposals in Educational Enquiry, in order to help you plan your thesis. Part-time students study this module at the start of year two.
This involves the collection and analysis of the research data, and to the writing of the thesis. The length of the thesis is 50,000 words. This is substantially shorter than that for a PhD and compensates for the coursework required in Year One.