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, typically conducted in their own professional context. You’ll synthesise and apply all the learning achieved. The module requires you to:

  • have 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
  • 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 their research field.

The module includes:

  • designing an empirical study with appropriate research questions
  • undertaking 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


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

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 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.