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Professional course

Researching Education

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Education and Childhood
Course director:
Dr. Neil Harrison

Page last updated 12 April 2017


Research continues to have a growing influence on the working lives of education professionals.

Recent years have seen a growth in demands from policymakers for compelling evidence to guide policy and practice, both at governmental and individual schools, colleges and universities level.

There is a need for rigorous research practice to generate robust evidence, but there is also a need for professionals with the skills to understand and problematise the research process. 

This CPD module provides you with the tools to enable you to engage with research, both as a 'user' and as a 'generator'. 

Who is it for?

This course is for people who are considering undertaking a substantial research project around education or for those of you who want to understand more about the process of knowledge creation in educational settings.

Careers / Further study

Upon completion of this module, you may wish to apply for one of the following courses. This module would count for 30 credits of the Masters or Postgraduate course.

  • MA Education; MA Ed (Early Years)
  • PG Dip Education; PG Dip Education (Early Years)
  • PG Cert Education; PG Cert Education (Early Years)



This course addresses a range of philosophical issues that underpin the research process, as well as providing an introduction to the most common approaches and methods. 

It explores the ethical basis for undertaking research that is respectful and where the risks of harm are mitigated.  The culmination will be the production of a research proposal that should you wish could be a viable foundation for a meaningful dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

This CPD module will be taught across twelve lecture-style and seminar-style sessions of two hours, as well as opportunities for one-to-one tutorial time.  One session will be given over to assessment of poster presentations.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, proposal preparation and completion etc.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information



14 March to 13 June 2017 (no sessions on 11 or 18 April)

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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