Minor Project (141X3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module requires you to design, conduct, evaluate and report on a very small-scale empirical study (6000 words), typically conducted in your own professional context. It enables you to develop your practical and theoretical understanding of research methods and your critical understanding of a particular topic, in preparation for tackling a more substantial and complex research project in the Dissertation. You may choose to link the Minor Project and the Dissertation, for example, conducting the reconnaissance phase of an Action Research project for your Minor Project, leading into the 'intervention' phase for your Dissertation, but the two must also stand alone, in terms of meeting the learning outcomes for each module.

The reason for this module being an 'option' only is that a significant proportion of students applying for the MAES have Advanced Standing of 30 credits from a similar Minor Project conducted at M-level in another context (e.g. on a PGCE programme) and can, therefore, move straight to the Dissertation, bypassing this module.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.