research methods

Key Facts                  


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.

If you are a continuing student, please contact the programme lead and/or your tutor to discuss your Year 2 options. You can also view the MA Programme Diagram for more information.


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.
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