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Course closed:

Education (Researching Practice) PACES entry only is no longer accepting new applications.

This course offers a flexible blended learning method for full or part time teachers and education professionals. The course seeks to introduce the debates and ideas surrounding the development of teachers as researchers: to understand international and national policy and practices, engage with examples of teacher research in schools in the UK and beyond and to take part in their own school-based research activities. Students will take part in a research methods course which will support their research activities and develop knowledge in this area. This central aim can be broken down into eight component objectives.

The objectives of the course are to enable students to:

  1. understand and be able to discuss with confidence the debates surrounding teachers as researchers;
  2. become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within educational research;
  3. become skilled and critical readers of educational research;
  4. develop knowledge in depth of some substantive area of education and educational research;
  5. develop their capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs;
  6. develop confidence and competence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence;
  7. develop their skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument; and
  8. gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a small-scale investigation.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:
  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Students wishing to continue from the PACES-Master of Education to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

Key Information

1 year part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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