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Education Master of Research (MRes)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 2 years Weekend conferences with some evening events March 2018
September 2018
Full time 1 year Weekend conferences with some evening events September 2018

March entry is ONLY for those applicants who already hold 60 Masters level credits – before making an application please contact the programme administrator

Come to an Education Open Day

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in early years, primary (5-11) or secondary or are looking to find out more about our Education MRes programme, come along to our Open Day on Saturday 20 January 2018 10.00am–1.00pm.

Choose Kingston's Education MRes

The Education MRes programme will be of interest to professionals who work with children, young people, families and adults who wish to:

  • acquire an in-depth understanding of research approaches, methods and skills which will enable research into professional practice;
  • develop a critically evaluative understanding of current issues in practice, policy, professionalism and interprofessionalism for contextualising enquiry;
  • become a confident skilled researcher by designing and implementing a substantial investigation;
  • advocate and lead research-engaged practice by education professionals in and beyond their institutional setting; and
  • undertake research training in a specialist area of education to prepare for doctoral study.

Find out how an MRes in Education at Kingston University can help progress your career. MRes student, Clare Tibble discusses how she has been able to apply what she has learned in class to her workplace, the growing importance of research within the sector, and how studying for the Masters has helped her career progression.

What will you study?

The MRes will enable you to:

  • acquire advanced research skills relevant to the field of study;
  • learn how to conduct research ethically; and
  • undertake a research dissertation as the capstone of the programme.

In the acquisition of usable outcomes for improving practice, you will be encouraged to have a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between practice-oriented knowledge, professional identity, institutional priorities and the research process. You will be encouraged to develop communication and dissemination plans for your research findings. On the course you will acquire knowledge of professional learning communities, research cultures and research leadership in local settings, both within organisations and across wider networks and collaborative partnerships. The programme has a strong focus on the interface of research, practice and professional learning in education-related fields of enquiry.


Coursework assignments, including essays, poster, research proposal and research dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • Policy, professional attributes, types of knowledge are examined to locate the range of perspectives which explain identity, experience, reflection and research at the workplace. The development and role of the researching professional is examined. Relevant specialist local, national and international sources are critically evaluated with direct reference to situated practice.

  • Critical exploration of ethical perspectives relevant to working with children, young people and adults regarding policy, practice and professionalism are undertaken. In particular, professional identity is located within reflective and interprofessional practice. Leadership and management skills to meet the challenge of change are evaluated to locate new ways of working with reference to legal, ethical and procedural frameworks.

  • Key methodologies and a range of data collection tools are examined including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches to research design. The necessary skills, knowledge and understanding for professionals to confidently and automously understand new knowledge production at the workplace will be emphasised.

  • An introduction to the process of designing a research proposal will highlight the value of systematic enquiry in specific practice settings. Identifying and signifying design features such as the questions, rationale, literature to be reviewed, methods of enquiry and data analysis tools will be the focus of this module.

  • A research dissertation on a well-defined issue of professional practice will be undertaken to provide direct experience of ‘real world' choices and decisions as a researching professional. By 'doing' research the relationship between policy, professionalism and practice will engaged. Issues regarding communicating and disseminating the outcomes of the research dissertation will be considered within the context of ethical practice.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

For further information

School of Education
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