About this taught graduate course
The Postgraduate Award in Foundation Research Methods in Education will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues involved in conceptualising and designing educational research.
It includes general and specific aspects of research training including key dimensions of qualitative and quantitative research, their applications, understanding of relational aspects between them, and appreciation of the politics and ethics of doing educational research. The module is designed to contextualise educational research, in terms of its theoretical, epistemological and methodological underpinnings, for a broad cross section of students, enabling you to understand different facets of educational research in an integrated and coherent fashion.
The aim of the assessment method is to lead to research design and dissertation planning. In addition, practical skills are built into the module, through workshops, seminars and tutorials, designed to develop library, software, web and applied IT search skills, and research skills relevant to your needs and interests.
Skills from this course
- Understand the stages in designing and carrying out research in the field of Education
- Engage critically with the theoretical and methodological grounds on which education research is based
- Assess the efficiency and effectiveness of educational research from different perspectives and methodologies
- Gain familiarity with different research practices in relation to a range of empirical investigations within educational settings
- Be able to identify a topic to research and design and carry out a small scale research project in a field of interest to you
- Be able to communicate your research to different users
General entry requirements
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS score to 7 overall, two at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Foundation Research Methods in Education (face to face or online)
This module encourages students in understanding, designing and implementing research in the field of education. It will introduce you to a range of established research strategies and techniques, including data collection and analysis. These skills will enable you to design and carry out a dissertation research project, as well as to disseminate its findings. As part of this module, you will present your research design and have the opportunity to receive feedback ahead of completing your dissertation.
Depending on which module you select, the course is either delivered entirely online, through a dedicated distance learning portal or face to face over two terms. For the online variant, you will use a mixture of online text extracts and journals, and will undertake regular tasks alongside their end of module assignments. Support will be given via email with your subject tutor. Alternatively, the course will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations and case studies.
Typical contact hours
Support will be given via email with your subject tutor.
The assessment on this course supports students to think about their dissertation project and for students taking the face to face route consists of a poster, a 5-10 minute presentation and a reflective account all of which focus on their dissertation research plans.
Additional course costs
You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you when you join us.
This Programme will provide students with a solid foundation in how to design and carry out a research project in the field of Education. It will be useful for those who need to engage with research in Education as part of their job as well as those who would like to develop their skills in carrying out a project of their own.
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Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
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