Researching Professional Practice in Primary and Early Years (X6612)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module requires the design, development and carrying out of a small scale context based research project on an aspect of professional practice within a specialist phase and school/setting. Once the research is completed an evaluation and report on the findings is constructed as a dissertation and shared through a presentation to an audience of peers and practitioners. Through a process of systematic enquiry and the application of different research methods such as lesson study or action research specialist knowledge is developed of a negotiated focus alongside an applied understanding of how research has the potential to reveal, enlighten and improve practice.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 97 hours of contact time and about 203 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 2021/22. 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.