In year 1 of the programme, the student will take 3 modules with a total value of 35 credits.
The first two modules are designed to develop the students' capacity to engage critically with educational theories, particularly in areas such as policy, knowledge development and epistemology, and the design and execution of educational research, with emphasis on research methods appropriate to practitioner research. These modules will also facilitate the development of the cohort's identity as a class group. The third module focuses explicitly on the specialism strand chosen by the student, allowing the student to further develop his/her knowledge of the literature of the dissertation topic.
Semester 1: Knowledge and Policy in Educational Practice 6 x 6 hours graduate seminars
Semester 2: Educational Research: Philosophy and Practice 6 x 4 hours graduate seminars
Summer School: Specialism Module 4 x 6 hours graduate seminars
Year 2 of the programme builds on the work of the first year. Students begin with a strand specific module that builds on the summer school. In semester 2, students attend a series of research support seminars, designed to assist them with the development of their dissertation proposal. There is an option to undertake an advanced research methodology module if required. By the end of year 2, the student will have developed the research dimension of the dissertation, including application for ethical approval, and will be ready to begin the dissertation in year 3.
Semester 1: Specialism Module 6 x 4 hours graduate seminars
Semester 2: Educational Research Support Seminars 6 x 4 hours graduate seminars
Years 3 and 4:
Years 3 and 4 are spent on the execution and completion of the 50,000 word dissertation. During those two years, a team of supervisors will provide support to the student as s/he works on the dissertation. The student may also undertake a designed to develop their academic and professional skills. The student may select a 5 credit modules from a list provided by the department, including a conference presentation (ED855), publication of an article (ED856), attendance at a 3U summer/autumn school, or another 5 credit module approved by the Department of Education.
The modules below are indicative of the content associated with this course of study.
The modules are subject to change as the curriculum is revised and reviewed annually. Please check periodically for updates.