Taught course

Social Research in Education

University of Winchester · Department of Post Experience, Training and Professional Development

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. Work experience: Students who are not currently working in an educational setting need to establish clear links with at least one setting for research purposes.

Months of entry

July, September

Course content

MRes Social Research in Education at Winchester offers a programme of focused study of research methods applicable to educational settings and educational enquiry. The programme develops an in-depth understanding of research methods, research design and the cultural and ethical contexts in which educational research takes place.

The programme provides intensive training in social research methods and approaches. It aims to equip students with advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills, which support them in developing towards careers in research or as senior professionals able to support others in research endeavours, for example in schools.

Research design is a focus, enabling students to select appropriate approaches and methods to carry out investigations. It provides students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills along with the ability to analyse and communicate complex
ideas, and creatively plan and manage an independent postgraduate research project in education. It also equips students with the necessary skills to undertake further doctoral study.

Students may choose to target a particular aspect of educational practice for data collection. However, assignments analyse data collection methods, analysis approaches or ethical aspects of the research rather than the content of the practice.


Quantitative Methods in Social Research
Qualitative Methods in Social Research
Theory, Practice and Ethics in Social Research
Independent Study

Workshops and seminars develop some of the underpinning research skills. Students are part of on going online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students, and are equipped to present aspects of research in a range of ways.

Assessed work includes portfolios of completed tasks, essays, presentations and posters; all assessments are given numerical grades. For the dissertation, students choose an empirical or theoretical aspect of research methodology, and explore this through a project which may also explore an aspect of education that interests them.

Students are equipped to pursue careers in educational research, as research officers working for educational bodies such as local authorities, as contract researchers or as project officers working on funded projects in higher education or research institutes.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4,900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234