Dissertation (MA Education) (139X3)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

This module requires you to design, conduct, evaluate and report on an empirical study (15,000 words), typically conducted in your own professional context. It enables you to synthesise and apply all the learning achieved over the entire course, meeting all the key learning outcomes.

The module requires a highly specialist focus on an individual area of education, showing deep subject-specific and research knowledge, understanding and skills, in addition to professional learning. The module also requires you to develop a systematic and rigorous approach to the entire research process, working in a highly independent way, supported by small-group and individual supervision by a specialist tutor in your research field.

The module includes designing an empirical study with appropriate research questions, conducting an ethical review and conducting the data-collection, data-analysis and evaluation at the required level, producing findings and recommendations for practice that could inform other professionals' understanding in this area of education.

This module can be started in Teaching Block 1, 2 or the May summer term and lasts for two terms.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 567 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.