Structure, modules and assessment

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples are listed below.


Students are assessed through formative and summative assessment including mini-research proposals, a small-scale research project, critical analysis and reviews of policy documents, a dissertation.


  • ED.S831 (30 credits)        Education, Evaluation and Research
  • ED.S832 (30 credits)        Tutor-Supported Independent Study
  • ED.S834 (30 credits)        Key Issues and Theories in Social Justice and Education
  • ED.S833 (60 credits)        Research Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)


Students can currently choose between two elective modules based on their individual research interests:

  • ED.S835 (30 credits)        Challenging Educational Inequalities
  • ED.S836 (30 credits)        Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but there may be some unavoidable changes, for example as a result of student feedback, staff changes, new research and other factors.

Rebecca Marsden is the Online Learning Support Officer for the Department of Educational Research and she can be contacted with queries about online learning.

Download this pdf document to find out more about Computer requirements for distance learners.