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.

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 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.

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.