MRes Social Research in Education

MRes Social Research in Education at Winchester offers a programme of focused study of research methods applicable to educational settings and educational enquiry. The programme develops an in-depth understanding of research methods, research design and the cultural and ethical contexts in which educational research takes place.

MRes Social Research in Education at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study

If English is not your first language

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing​

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 3 years

Start dates: September

Teaching takes place: Weekends. However, the Theory, Practice and Ethics in Social Research module is taught at the Summer School in June/July, and one weekend in September.

Distance learning available: For research methods modules. Independent study supervisions may be conducted by SKYPE or email.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

July 2017 Entry Full-time | £4,900
July 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,450 p/a

Total Cost | £4,900

2017 Entry

September 2017/January 2018/July 2018 Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017/January 2018/July 2018 Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost | £5,000

International Students

January 2017/July 2017 Entry Full-time | £10,900
January 2017/July 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,450 p/a

Total Cost | £10,900

2017 Entry

September 2017/January 2018/July 2018** Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017/January 2018/July 2018** Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total Cost | £11,200

Additional costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Work experience: Students who are not currently working in an educational setting need to establish clear links with at least one setting for research purposes.

Fact: The first 120 credits of this programme can be accredited to the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

The programme provides intensive training in social research methods and approaches. It aims to equip students with advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills, which support them in developing towards careers in research or as senior professionals able to support others in research endeavours, for example in schools.

Research design is a focus, enabling students to select appropriate approaches and methods to carry out investigations. It provides students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills along with the ability to analyse and communicate complex
ideas, and creatively plan and manage an independent postgraduate research project in education. It also equips students with the necessary skills to undertake further doctoral study.

Students may choose to target a particular aspect of educational practice for data collection. However, assignments analyse data collection methods, analysis approaches or ethical aspects of the research rather than the content of the practice.

  • Introducing Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Exploring Mixed Methods in Social Research
  • Theory & Ethics in Educational Practice
  • Independent Study (Dissertation) 

Workshops and seminars develop some of the underpinning research skills. Students are part of ongoing online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students, and are equipped to present aspects of research in a range of ways.

Programme Leader

Assessed work includes portfolios of completed tasks, essays, presentations and posters; all assessments are given numerical grades. For the dissertation, students choose an empirical or theoretical aspect of research methodology, and explore this through a project which may also explore an aspect of education that interests them.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Students are equipped to pursue careers in educational research, as research officers working for educational bodies such as local authorities, as contract researchers or as project officers working on funded projects in higher education or research institutes.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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