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MSc/ Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Education)

Education Pathway Information

Research training in Education builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by academic staff within the Cardiff School of Social Sciences (SOCSI). Students benefit from the specialist expertise in education research was well as from the interdisciplinary profile of the School and the wider Cardiff University Research and Graduate School (RGS) in the Social Sciences, which acts as a focal point for students from social science departments throughout the University.

This research training programme is now well-established and has been recognised by the ESRC for a number of years. Students undertaking the MSc in Social Science Research Methods take both generic research methods training and the subject specific content required for becoming competent educational researchers.

MSc in Social Science Research Methods

The MSc in Social Science Research Methods provides students with the opportunity to acquire generic research skills required by all social science researchers; as well as the subject-specific requirements of the Education Subject Area Panel.

The course is based on a modular structure of 12 modules and a research-based dissertation. Seven of the modules are designed to equip students with generic research skills. At least three modules are designed to address the research skills and knowledge specifically required for researchers in education. These include two core modules covering the Foundations of Educational Research and Critical Debates in Education;  as well as optional modules covering diverse topics such as childhood, the knowledge economy and psychological approaches to learning and teaching. Students may also elect to take further advanced training in, for example, discourse and conversational analysis and/or substitute modules if appropriate.

+3 Training Programme

The +3 Training Programme is built upon the foundations laid in the MSc. programme. It is designed to provide a standard of training in social science and education research methods that gives students the opportunity to acquire familiarity with, and understanding of, a broad range of methodological approaches as well as the ability to apply advanced methodological techniques to empirical data. For those proceeding to PhD, the skills developed in the MSc are supplemented and extended over the subsequent three years within a structured programme organised around the following four elements: advanced research skills; research governance; personal and employment-related skills; and teaching skills.

Participating in the Education Research Community

In addition to the taught elements of the MSc and the +3 Training Programme, students are also required to attend and participate in the activities of the School’s many research groups. Education students are formally located into at least one of the following research groups: Education, Culture and Society; Childhood; Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis; Sexualities and Gender; Work, Employability and Labour Markets; and Culture, Imagination & Practice. These groups hold regular programme of meetings which provide opportunities for researchers to share ideas and discuss issues in the policy and practice of education-related research.

For further information please contact Professor Sally Power: PowerS3@cardiff.ac.uk.