Professional/Short course Researching Education

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Education and Childhood
15 weeks (October run) or 10 weeks (Summer School)
Course Director
Dr Ciaran Burke

45 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 7 February 2022


The 45 credit Masters level Researching Education module introduces you to, or enhances your understanding of, a range of theoretical perspectives, methods and methodologies and their application to research in educational settings.

The educational aims of the module are to:

  • provide you with a broad understanding of theoretical perspectives within educational research
  • equip you with varied approaches to collect and analyse empirical data within an ethical framework.
  • introduce you to methodological and empirical debates within educational research
  • support youto design a robust and manageable research project.

On succesful completion of this Researching Education module, you will be able to:

  • synthesise debates within educational theory and situate their own
  • research through a theoretical lens
  • critically engage with appropriate research paradigms and demonstrate
  • how these paradigms frame and direct their own intended research
  • critically explain a range of data collection methods and analysis strategies justifying those pursued within their own intended research
  • articulate a developed understanding of ethical issues in relation to the educational research process as they apply to participants and settings, providing a strategy to address potential issues within their own intended research
  • design a coherent and robust research proposal enquiring into an appropriate area within education.

Careers / Further study

This 15 credit module can contribute towards the MA Education (three to five year version and two year version).



The module syllabus covers:

  • Critical educational theory
  • Research methodology
  • Research access and sampling
  • Data collection methods
  • Data analysis strategies
  • Research ethics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities including webinars, meetings, lectures, readings, tasks and activities alongside independent study and tutor support.


This module will contain two components:

  • a formative presentation
  • a summative research proposal of 7, 000 words,


Study facilities

The Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol runs a variety of courses in early childhood and education studies, and is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the region. Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the department. We have excellent facilities and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for our students.

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