Research in Early Years Education (16200X)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

In this module you design, conduct, evaluate and report on an empirical study (10,000 words), typically conducted in your own professional context.

As part of this module, you synthesise and apply all the learning you have achieved over the entire course, meeting all the key learning outcomes.

This module requires a highly specialist focus on an individual area of Early Years education, showing deep subject-specific and research knowledge, understanding and skills, in addition to professional learning.

You will need to develop a systematic and rigorous approach to the entire research process, working in a highly independent way. You are supported by small-group and individual supervision by a specialist tutor in your research field.

Your studies in this module include:

  • designing an empirical study with appropriate research questions
  • conducting an ethical review
  • 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.


100%: Seminar


25%: Practical (Presentation)
75%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 12 hours of contact time and about 588 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.