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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course provides students with an opportunity to develop a specific understanding of issues in the design and implementation of research, and the analysis and interpretation of research, within a social/educational context.  A variety of methodological orientations are studied: mixed methods analysis; narrative enquiry; phenomenology, advanced quantitative research design and multivariate analysis.  It aims to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding required for the dissertation stage of the programme

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Mtika

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will enable students to, among others, demonstrate a critical understanding of  the ways in which major qualitative and quantitative data gathering methods are used in social/educational research; including an understanding of  the strengths and limitations of a range of data gathering methods used in social/educational research; develop critical awareness of current issues in the selection, use, and about the validity and reliability of different methods of data collection; and demonstrate originality and creativity  in selecting and confidently using methods of data collection for their personal research project.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: participants will be required to submit for summative assessment assignment(s) equivalent to 6000 words taking account of different reporting formats. Assessment will be criterion-based. Re-sit: one opportunity to resubmit the assignment will be permitted, as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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