- You’ll acquire general social science research skills that can be used in different contexts and applied to a variety of problems
- Opportunities to specialise in a particular field of education within a research preparation framework
- Relevant to students who are interested in doctoral research or wish to develop their educational research knowledge and skills or study a specific area of education
- You will join an active and vibrant research community studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines and be taught by senior staff who are all engaged in educational research
- You will be equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study or training for professional practice
6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.
Top 150 in the world for Education
QS World University Rankings 2020.
Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK
The assignments allowed me to develop a personal research interest whilst fulfilling the standardised requirements of the course. The module – the Nature of Education Enquiry was particularly engaging as it challenged me to think more deeply about the fundamental foundations of knowledge, about research and what counts as knowledge.
I think what should be noted is the detailed provision of detailed feedback from tutors regarding assignments. I always found tutorials, formative and summative feedback to be of exceptional quality.
MSc Educational Research
You will be expected to have obtained a first degree equivalent to at least a UK 2:1 Honours in a relevant area such as social sciences, humanities or management, and to have demonstrable interest in educational research.
If you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant teaching experience, we would welcome your application.
I really enjoyed the four modules of the MSc programme. I liked how they were inter-related and how each module was leading to the write up of our dissertation.
The modules were interesting and challenging but the intellectual benefits and growth are undeniable and tremendous; the community of practice at the Graduate School of Education is competent and diverse, and it was such a privilege to learn from influential academics, the lecture seminars, the conferences alongside the modules. In addition, the MSc programme is not a programme in itself; it also encourages students to get involved in different research activities such as presenting in conferences, attending workshops, etc. The programme is worth studying, embracing and living!
MSc Educational Research
The overall purpose of this MSc is to prepare you for the independent conduct of educational research. You will acquire general social science research skills that can be used in different contexts and applied to a variety of problems, and also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular field of education within a research preparation framework.
As beginning educational researchers we will ensure that you understand the central and current ideas, concepts, debates, theories, philosophies and approaches employed in educational research. You will also develop a critical understanding of interpretive research, and competence in the planning and execution of such research.
Alongside developing your research skills you will also practise communicating research to an academic audience through a number of different media (oral and written). We aim to mirror the real world of educational research where we often work with others, be that other researchers, education professionals or our research participants.
As a full-time on campus student, you will take two sessions each week during term time. Part-time students take one session per week during term time.
If you are studying by distance learning, the online programme has set start and finish dates.
Each module consists of ten sessions delivered through a blended system of learning.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
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Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our Masters programmes.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Our postgraduate programmes are designed to give you career progression in your specialist educational area of choice and completion of this programme can lead to a variety of research roles within educational and social science fields.
On completion, you will be equipped with a range of academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study or training for professional practice. Career Zone provides support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs advice and help for you to progress in your chosen path. For more information on careers support at Exeter, see our postgraduate employment and professional development webpages.
Progression to PhD study
This course is ideal if you wish to progress onto PhD study. Progression from this MSc to our PhD in Education is dependent on:
- achieving 60% as an average mark overall
- an individual mark of 60% for the dissertation
This progression requirement is in place of the upgrade required to progress from MPhil to PhD on the three year route – see the MPhil/PhD in Education for more information.
The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below.
- Axevalley Academy
- Chongqing Fengmingshan High School
- Peninsula Medical School
- Ladysmith School
- Devon County Council
- Woodbury University
- University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich
- University of Exeter
- University of Exeter – Peninsula Medical School
- John F. Kennedy Catholic School
- University of Plymouth
- INTO University of Exeter
- Stoke Damderel College
- National Institute for Economic and Social Research
- Immediacy Ltd
- Ministry of Education
- The King's School
- King Abdulaziz University
- Cardiff University
- Nobel International School Algarve
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