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EQ949-30 Research Methods in Education

Department Education Studies

Level Taught Postgraduate Level

Module leader Dr Tom Perry

Credit Value 30

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% Coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This is a core research methods modules for several of our MA programmes. It helps prepare students to undertake the independent research dissertation.

Principle Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To introduce students to the various, sometimes competing, paradigms in educational research.
  • To involve students in reading, critically, research papers, monographs and texts.
  • To encourage students to identify the theoretical and methodological grounds on which educational research is based.
  • To assess the efficacy of such research from a variety of perspectives and practices.
  • Introduction to Research Philosophies
  • From Research Questions to Research Design
  • Data collection methods
  • Ethical issues in research
  • Methods of data analysis
Study Time
Type Required
Lectures 5 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Seminars 15 sessions of 2 hours (10%)
Private study 265 hours (88%)
Total 300 hours
Poster presentation 50%

Presentation to small group as part of a larger Poster conference for PGT students. Marks are awarded for the poster as well as for the presentation

Reflective Account