Taught course

Educational Research

University of Sheffield · Department of Education Studies
MAPhD by taught

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good honours degree. If you’re a UK or EU student applying for an ESRC studentship or University fees-only studentship, you’ll need a First or a 2:1.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

During this one-year, full-time course you will learn the skills and techniques needed to become a competent and informed researcher. You will get one-to-one support from dedicated professionals. Your tutor will guide you through selecting your topic, preparing assignments, identifying questions and carrying out fieldwork.

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Core modules

Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research; Quantitative Methodologies in Educational Research; Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research; The Practice of Research; Dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

PhD by taught

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 8115