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 (Sue Cranmer)
  • ED.S832 (30 credits)        Tutor-Supported Independent Study (Sue Cranmer)
  • ED.S834 (30 credits)        Key Issues and Theories in Social Justice and Education (Murat Oztok)
  • 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 (Melis Cin)
  • ED.S836 (30 credits)        Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education (Natasa Lackovic)

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.

Online and Distance Learning

The Educational Research Department has considerable experience of supporting online and distance learners and we aim to make all our students feel that they are full members of the Department.  Wherever possible we facilitate online participation at events and seminars organised by the Department.

All students have access to Moodle which is our Virtual Learning Environment.

Many resources, for example, journal articles, required for your study will be available online through the OneSearch facility offered by the Library.  Additionally the Library provides extra services for Distance Learners.

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.