Master of Research (Education) MRes

Why choose this course?

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
Mode Duration Start date
Part time 2 years March 2021
September 2021

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.

Location Kingston Hill

2020/21 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021), please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is taught at weekends - ideal for balancing study with work.
  • Kingston has expertise in working with researching professionals at masters and doctoral level, ensuring you will get the very best student experience.
  • The course recognises prior knowledge. It accepts up to 60 credits at Level 7 if you already have a postgraduate qualification, such as a PGCE or PGCert. This would enable you to start the course from the third module, in March 2021.

What you will 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.

Modules

Core modules

Perspectives on Policy, Practice and Professionalism

30 credits

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.

Current Issues in Reflective Practice and Interprofessionalism

30 credits

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.

 

Research Methods for Professional Practice

30 credits

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.

Designing a Research Proposal

30 credits

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.

Research Dissertation

60 credits

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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Candidates are normally required to have a honours degree and/or further qualifications relating to working with children, young people and families in a professional or interprofessional setting. Candidates will be able to demonstrate a commitment to professional learning in the fields of children's care or education. Candidates without these requirements may be invited to submit a portfolio for RPL assessment in order to demonstrate possible eligibility for entry.

International

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a good standard of written and spoken English and have an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0.

Please note: if you require a Tier 1-5 visa to reside in the UK (this includes a Tier 4 student visa), you will not be able to enrol on a part-time programme at the University.

Teaching and assessment

The programme normally begins in September each year and is currently offered in a part-time (2 years) mode of delivery. In the first year, there are four modules, each module is taught across a full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) plus another Saturday. In the second year, you will undertake the dissertation module, which is taught across seven Saturdays across the year.

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).

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

9% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 170 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1630 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises of coursework assignments, including essays, poster and presentation, research proposal and research dissertation. The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • 100% coursework

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

What our students say

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered by the School of Education in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

Kingston University's School of Education is committed to offering relevant, practical and accessible courses, and is consistently ranked among the top education departments in the country.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MRes part time £3,682

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MRes part time £7,975

Funding

Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies. 

Postgraduate loans

If you are starting a course at Kingston, you will be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to study for a postgraduate masters degree. 

International students

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

Discounts for Kingston University alumni

Kingston University is pleased to offer a 10 per cent discount on full-time and part-time postgraduate degree course tuition fees (including PGCE courses) to our alumni. Visit our Alumni discount page to find out more.

Kingston Hill

There is a wide range of facilities at our Kingston Hill campus, where this course is based.

Kingston Hill is a leafy, hillside campus situated about three miles away from Kingston town centre. It is a quiet, secure place to study with easy access to London, meaning it provides the best of all worlds for our students.

Find out more about the Kingston Hill campus in the virtual tour.

Library

One of the highlights of the Kingston Hill campus is the modern library, called the Nightingale Centre after Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor to Kingston Hill.

The library provides a spacious and attractive place for students to meet and study and features a cafe, more PCs and zoned study areas. Long opening hours give you plenty of access to specialist education books, journals and online resources.

Find out more about the Nightingale Centre in the virtual tour.

Computer and online facilities

There are many computers (PCs and Macs) available for you to use across the Kingston Hill campus when you need a place to study. Access to the wireless network across the campus means you can also work from your laptop or mobile device.

Using IT to support your studies is crucial. Kingston has an innovative virtual learning environment called Canvas. This allows you to access course materials and contact fellow students and staff while away from the campus.

Extra activities for this course

Keynote events will be an integrated feature of the weekend conferences and will be calendared in the School of Education diary.

The range of events and lectures in the School of Education enhances your studies and adds an extra perspective to your learning.

As members of the School of Education you will receive regular information about seminars, workshops, lectures and other research and teaching activities for and by staff and postgraduate students, including:

  • BERA
  • Erasmus project events
  • European Conference for Educational Research
  • London-based seminar programmes for educators

After you graduate

The role of the researching professional in education is of growing importance. Deputy head teachers, managers of children's centres, research development managers and subject-specific professionals may all use research skills to explore evidence.

Where this course will take you

The MRes (Ed) will help advance your learning, research and practice skills in a wide variety of education-related settings.

This programme helps to develop your employability skills as facilitators, co-ordinators, mediators and leaders of research-engaged professional practice.

It enables you to undertake a role of a researching professional in education-related contexts and practitioner research, and to lead collaborative learning networks for education. Applicants for practitioner research posts will benefit from the programme.

The role of the researching professional and interprofessional lead in education-related contexts is of growing importance in individual organisations and consortium settings. For example, deputy headteachers in schools and managers in children's centres may have responsibility for research projects to support improvements. Research Development managers in larger institutions and subject-specific lead professionals require research skills to explore evidence. Special Interest groups and informal collaborative networks contain research users and research creators.

The MRes (Ed) offers you a preparatory step towards professionally-relevant doctoral study in Education.

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff in the School of Education are research active. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies. Education research at Kingston focuses on:

  • Subject pedagogy
  • Curriculum design
  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND and inclusive practice
  • Early Years
  • Supporting more able learners
  • Educational inequalities
  • Policy
  • History of education

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students joining this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021).

Course information (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020/21 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. from September 2020 to December 2020) should be available by the end of August 2020. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020/21 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to students to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. MSc, as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Additional (changes for 2020/21 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.