Taught course

Research in Education

Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Research Design: Methodology and Methods (30 Credits)

This module will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles underpinning effective research designs in education and the social sciences at master’s level. Beginning with a reflective approach to their own ontological and epistemological positioning in relation to both their research design and established research paradigms, students will explore issues of research methodology, ethics and understanding in relation to a chosen field, to enhance and inform professional and/ or academic practice. Students will relate their chosen issue critically to current literature and need to critically analyse the validity, reliability and appropriateness of their research processes. Students will design a research project, which will include a framework for the collection and analysis/interpretation of primary data.

Professional Enquiry (30 Credits)

This module enables students to reflect on research on professional practice by analysing and reviewing different forms of research on professional enquiry. Students are also encouraged to relate research to their professional experiences and current roles. Experience provides the context for the development of professional enquiry and this, in turn, enables critical reflection and analysis related to working contexts and areas of interest. During the module students develop a rationale for a small-scale research project with reference to a particular area of interest as a basis for the following modules on Research Design and as preparation for their Dissertation.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Dawn Picken
0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2650)