Moray House School of Education and Sport

MSc Education: Research pathway

This pathway offers advanced level training in educational research, to critically evaluate evidence and conduct rigorous research in education and allied social subjects.

The 'MSc Education: Research' pathway is broad in the range of research approaches and methods taught, including quantitative and qualitative methods. On completion of the pathway, students will be able to critically evaluate educational research evidence and will have gained knowledge and experience to conduct rigorous research in education and allied social subjects.

You will increase your general understanding of education, from either a philosophical or political angle, and can select two option courses to follow your specific interests.

Key issues covered in this pathway include: 

  • What are the main traditions and paradigms in educational research?
  • How do different methodological positions affect research questions and design?
  • What are the major descriptive and exploratory statistical data analysis techniques?
  • What are the main analytical approaches to issues in qualitative research?
  • How do researchers choose and justify a suitable design to apply in their own research?

Pathway structure

You will take a number of compulsory and option courses and complete a dissertation in order to complete this MSc programme.

Compulsory courses

Option courses

In addition, you complete two option courses selected from a broad range on offer in the School.

Course Descriptions 2020-21

Dissertation

On successful completion of the core and option courses, you will complete a dissertation project which is a piece of independent, original research of 12,000 words.

Examples of recent dissertation topics in this pathway area include:

  • Borrowing behaviour by young low-income students from Scotland: an exploratory study
  • The teacher quality gap between urban and rural areas: a comparative study on teacher quality in one of the Eastern cities in China
  • ‘Must try harder’: experiences of LGBT+ students in one Scottish university
  • Students’ perceptions of the expansion of the shadow education sector in Chinese private international education
  • An investigation of play specialists’ perspectives on technology 

Career Outcomes

Graduates from this pathway will develop an understanding of the nature and use of research in education, critically evaluate research publications, develop research skills in qualitative and quantitative methods and be able to undertake empirical work in education settings and beyond.

Students finishing this pathway are well equipped to transfer to a PhD programme or to work in research roles in the non-academic sector, for example, researchers at the policy level. The pathway can be taken either as a free-standing degree (1 year) or as the first year of doctoral study (1+3 years). 

Home and EU students interested in applying for studentships to undertake this programme are asked to discuss their situation with the Pathway Co-ordinator.

PhD programmes at Moray House School of Education and Sport

Contact us

For further information about this pathway, please contact the Pathway Co-ordinator.

Pathway Co-ordinator: Dr Adriana Duta

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