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Master of Research (Education) (MRes Ed)

Mode Duration Start date
Part time 2 years September 2019
March 2019

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

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The MRes Education is designed for professionals who work with children, young people, families and adults in a range of educational settings, such as children's centres, nurseries, schools, colleges and universities, as well as consultancies, advisory services, museums, prisons and hospitals.

This programme is relevant to education professionals who are keen to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods in education. Taught sessions will focus upon deepening your existing understanding of professional practice and critically examine the challenges within your sector allowing you to explore your role, setting, and interprofessional working as a research-informed practitioner.

It helps you acquire the knowledge, confidence and attributes needed to:

  • complete a research project focussing upon your specific area of interest
  • become a research-engaged self-improving education professional
  • undertake, facilitate and lead enquiry in an educational setting
  • progress towards studying for a doctoral degree

What our MRes (Ed) students say about the course

What will you study?

The MRes has a strong focus on the interface of research, practice and professional learning in education-related fields of enquiry and offers an excellent foundation for the research-engaged professional.

Through a carefully structured taught programme you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between practice-oriented knowledge, professional identity, institutional priorities and evidence based practice. You will develop your knowledge and skills of research methods in education and how to conduct research ethically.

The ‘capstone' of the programme involves the undertaking of a research dissertation allowing you to put into practice your developed skills, knowledge and understanding of research. Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to participate as part of a professional learning community; sharing experiences and ideas in order to contribute to research cultures within and beyond your professional setting.

Assessment

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

Course structure

The programme normally begins in October each year and is currently offered in a part-time (2 years) mode of delivery.

Learning experiences take the form of intensive weekend and day events, involving lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, which are supported by online resources for preparatory and consolidating guidance and tasks.

Each event in the programme is designed to develop a community of learners so that peer-enriched, participative and dialogic experiences can meet individual needs and facilitate a critically supportive cohort identity. This delivery pattern of the programme is designed to meet the needs of practising professionals.

Each taught module is designed as a ‘building block' to support you by contextualising, justifying and then implementing a small-scale practice-focused enquiry.

You will access individual tutorial support in each module, between the taught weekends, a personal tutor and a research supervisor in the final module (research dissertation).

View the 2019/20 part time course timetable.

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.

Modules

  • This module introduces students to the theoretical perspectives, substantive issues and operational strategies which are relevant to understanding and enhancing professional practice. Tools of analysis will be evaluated to enable students to conceptualise their experiences of professional identity in workplace environments and to consider how a professional becomes research-informed and research-engaged in, and beyond, their 'situatedness' of practice.

     
  • This module introduces students to reflective/reflexive practice through a focus on situations within a variety of professional settings where outcomes for children, young people and families are enhanced through interprofessional partnership. This will enable students to contextualise issues of professional identity within interprofessional practice.

    Main features of the module are critical exploration of a range of ethical perspectives relevant to working with children and young people birth to 19 years and adults in relation to policy formulation, practice-orientated knowledge and professional skills and attitudes. Students will develop the collaborative communication skills required for leadership constructs that can facilitate change while supporting and enhancing professional /interprofessional development.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module students will develop critical reflective practitioner skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community and challenge practice.

     

     
  • 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.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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