research methods

Key Facts             

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study Options: Face to face (5 days) plus distance learning
Duration: 1 year
Start date: September 2019
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: £1,625
Tutors Professor Chris Pascal & Professor Tony Bertram
Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at Post Graduate level, but applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience are encouraged.

Who is this course aimed at?

This module is designed for Early Years practitioners to become practitioner-researchers in their own settings, and for other professionals looking to improve outcomes for children, and develop their practice through their own research.

What are the main themes?

It covers all aspects of how to undertake an extended piece of research including how to:
- Select and define a suitable topic for research;
- Undertake and write a critical literature review relevant to the research topic;
- Compile a research report;
- Select and justify an appropriate methodological approach. This will include consideration of your epistemology, theoretical state, methodology and methods;
- Analyse data and report findings in an appropriate format.

How will it help my practice?

The research module is designed to give you the opportunity to develop the building blocks of rigorous academic research by supporting you through a small research project on a preferred aspect of your own practice.

Not only should completing the module provide you with transferable research skills which will be invaluable when you come to begin your dissertation, but your piece of practitioner research should offer a critical insight of your chosen focus.

Key dates for 2019/20:


Newly enrolled students must attend induction day on either:
Monday 9th September 1 - 3pm, or
Monday 23rd September 1-3pm


Day 1 - Tuesday 8th October 2019
Day 2 - Tuesday 12th November 2019
Day 3 - Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Day 4 - Tuesday 21st January 2020
Day 5 - Tuesday 3rd March 2020

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