Taught course

Research Methods (Education)

Durham University · School of Education

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Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This course delivers high-quality research methods training, including practical experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software packages and detailed analysis related to research epistemology and the philosophy of social science.

The course is a cross-faculty course and modules are taught within the School of Education, the Departments of Sociology and of Psychology. This provides you with the opportunity to come into contact not only with researchers from different disciplines but also with other students studying research methods in different disciplines.

The course is suited to those hoping to pursue a research degree but who do not meet the research methods training entry requirements, as well as those who wish to apply for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship, as the course is recognised by the ESRC for 1+3 funding.

Core modules:

• Research Design and Process

• Perspectives on Social Research

• Experiments in Education

• Research Methods in Education

• Dissertation.

• Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science

• Fieldwork and Interpretation

• Statistical Exploration and Reasoning

• Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science

• Applied Statistics.

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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