research methods

Key Facts                  PRE-REGISTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2021


Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study Options:

Combination of face-to-face taught days, virtual teaching & distance learning

Duration: 1 year
Start date: October 2021
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: TBC 
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.

Applications for this pathway for 2020-21 are now closed. If you wish to express your interest in enrolling on this pathway for September 2021 start, please click the button below.


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 2020/21:


Due to the impact of the virus pandemic, we are preparing contingencies to run our pathways through a combination of face-to-face taught days at our centre in Birmingham, virtual teaching and distance learning. More information will be shared with successful applicants in due course.
Day 1 - Mon 19 October 2020 - online face-to-face
Day 2 - Tue 8 December 2020 - online face-to-face
Day 3 - Mon 11 January 2021
Day 4 - Tue 23 February 2021
Day 5 - Tue 30 March 2021

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