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University of Reading: MA Education (Research Methods)

Institution University of Reading
Department Institute of Education
Telephone 0118 378 5289
Study type Taught


On this pathway you'll study how to conduct research in education – the nuts and bolts of study design, data collection and data analysis. This is an ideal pathway if you are thinking of going on to study at doctoral level: it provides excellent preparation for conducting a large-scale research project whatever your topic or field of interest. You'll cover qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, and engage in in-depth discussions about how design and methodology affect how we conduct research.

Our MA Education provides a thorough grounding in educational research and practice, encompassing teaching, mentoring, training and management. You'll receive high-quality research and career training, preparing you for doctoral study or new challenges in your professional career – with the ultimate focus of improving the life chances of children in your care.

Choose from a wide range of modules spanning topics which explore current educational research, led by research-active lecturers. Throughout your studies, we'll support your development of academic literacies, helping you become more fluent and knowledgeable in the way you learn to read, write and talk about academic ideas.

Develop your critical thinking as you explore theoretical perspectives, ideas and concepts in education, investigating the foundations that shape how you were educated, and how you educate others. You'll reflect on your own professional experience and explore how research informs practice in settings that you already know – and those that you don’t – such as educational systems in other countries, new trends, and ideas in education.

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