Research course

Applied Educational and Social Research

University of Strathclyde · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

This programme looks at the issues facing educational and social researchers. It offers a range of intellectual and practical resources to structure and explore these issues.

The course is ideal research preparation for a PhD and is ideal for those seeking future academic careers in social sciences. It’s also suitable for those who want to advance their social research skills as part of their current work of for future career development.

It’s a web-based course and is run on an open-learning basis. This allows you to study at times that suit you. The modules are flexible, so you can make choices based on your own personal interests.

The programme will enable you to evaluate, design, conduct, analyse and justify educational and social research, in terms of:

  • underlying conceptions of the person, social relations, education and research practice
  • first-order principles which define valid research problems and knowledge
  • political and social assumptions about the purpose of research and its relationship to constituencies of practice and policy
  • research strategies implied by different philosophical assumptions
  • techniques for engaging in knowledge-gathering from different social and educational settings and sources
  • techniques for analysing data of all types
  • methods of disseminating research outcomes and emergent issues
  • use of research for educational and social ends

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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