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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM308: Preparing for Educational Research and Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits60 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (5 weeks) and term 2 (5 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Judith Kleine Staarman (Convenor)

Dr Taro Fujita (Convenor)


Must complete 120 credits of GSE MA study before taking this module.



Available via distance learning


This 60 credit module will introduce you to educational research and support you in designing and carrying out a small scale research project on an educational topic of your choice. The course is structured around a series of topics, clustered around 4 themes. These topics will cover the basic knowledge and skills you will need to design and carry out a research project.

Campus students will attend one 1.5 hour session every other week in Term 1 and Term 2. In these sessions, an interactive approach will often be utilised. This means thatcampus students need to engage with the online materials (readings/ audio/ video files/powerpoints/ etc) for the topics and come to the session fully prepared to engage in discussions and activities and ask questions related to the materials. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to engage in online activities, and collaborate with the distance and blended students.

Distance students will find all materials, including lectures, group session summaries, readings and activities online. You are strongly encouraged to engage in the online activities, in tandem with the campus sessions and to collaborate with campus and blended students.

Blended students will be able to access all the online materials as and when required for their dissertation. You are also strongly encouraged to engage with the online activities in tandem with the campus and distance students. In addition, you will engage with the topics on four Saturdays throughout the year (see timetable in the Handbook).Like the campus students, the teaching on these Saturdays will be utilising an interactive approach. This means that the sessions will often be more like a workshop, enabling you to develop your own research, rather than lectures to explain the content. You are assumed to have engaged with the content online beforehand.

During the course, you will identify a suitable topic for your own project. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor according to your choice of topic or methodology either during the Autumn Term (Part time students) or during the Spring term (Full Time students). Your supervisor will support you in writing the research proposal and carrying out your project. You will be given written formative feedback on the research proposal from your dissertation supervisor. Following this you will carry out your research project and write up your study for submission in September.

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