Taught course

Social and Educational Research

University of Aberdeen · School of Education

Entry requirements

Prospective MSc (Educational and Social Research) students should hold an honours degree or equivalent (1st Class or Upper Second or equivalent) in education or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Students on the MSc(Educational and Social Research) Programme will be expected to generate a research based approach to identifying and solving problems, a systematic approach to collecting evidence, an independent, critical, and analytical mind to interpretation and reporting of research. The MSc (Educational and Social Research) aims to assist enable students to become:

  • skilled in the rigorous formulation of research projects, research questions and their translation into practical research designs;
  • skilled and knowledgeable about the epistemological and ontological principles that underpin educational and social research;
  • knowledgeable about and skilled in collecting data by means of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods;
  • Knowledgeable about and skilled in the techniques of data analysis and their appropriate application to educational and social research.

The structure of the MSc (Educational and Social Research) Programme is designed to develop progressively an understanding of the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of research, and the issues that currently inform research, policy and practice, in order that the student is equipped to undertake the dissertation.Students on the programme will develop knowledge, skills and relevant practical research experience by undertaking various research courses. They will apply the knowledge, skills and values developed on the programme to undertake an independent empirical research project on their chosen topic of interest. Students will be assigned a research supervisor to support them during the dissertation phase of the programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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