Postgraduate Factfile: Education and Society MRes
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September
- The Programme
- Supporting info
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
- Employment / careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- A valuable foundation for progression to a PhD
- All staff active in research
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
Employers in a variety of sectors now expect their staff to be able to generate research data and make sensible interpretations to inform their practices. This MRes has been specifically designed to enable you to gain an overview of the key theoretical concepts and frameworks relevant to conducting research in education and the social sciences.
The research training delivered by this programme is ideal for both new researchers and those already conducting work exploring the key concepts and theories underpinning contemporary social-science research. It provides opportunities for both intellectual advancement and career enhancement, and combines theoretical engagement with relevant transferable research skills development.
The course explores a wide-range of contemporary methodological frameworks and methods of data collection and analysis, and you will have a range of opportunities to engage in the process of ‘doing’ research.
The MRes can be studied as a ‘stand alone’ qualification. It can also feed directly into Doctor of Education or PhD programmes offered by LJMU’s Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure.
The programme comprises an introductory teaching block plus six core modules including: introduction to qualitative approaches; researching pictures and text; introduction to quantitative approaches; critical perspectives on research philosophies; developing and applying quantitative approaches; exploring post-modern/post-structural approaches.
Your tutors have extensive expertise in the following areas: quantitative and qualitative research design; critical, feminist, post-structural and action research approaches to inquiry; data collection techniques that include questionnaires, various kinds of interviews, photo-elicitation and ethnographic field work; statistical, discourse, narrative, and phenomenological forms of analysis; representing research findings using a variety of genres.
Introduction to the School
The Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure delivers this course at the IM Marsh Campus. This is a green campus on the south side of the city with excellent views overlooking the River Mersey. The campus has a range of large and small teaching rooms, dance studios, laboratories, a food product development base, textile centre, in-service teacher training centre, traditional and all weather sports pitches and a gym. There are many organised sporting activities (step aerobics, football etc.) available on campus for students.
There is also a Student Meeting Place incorporating the Student Union shop and cafeteria. The Rose Lane LJMU Accommodation provides local accommodation for postgraduate / mature students. A major food retailer, a good selection of local shops, restaurants, bars and pubs are within walking distance of the campus.
Staff research interests
Those staffing the MRes have specific expertise in the following areas: Quantitative and qualitative research design; Critical, feminist, post-structural and action research approaches to inquiry; Data collection techniques that include questionnaires, various kinds of interviews, photo-elicitation, and ethnographic field work; Statistical, discourse, narrative, and phenomenological forms of analysis; Representing research findings using a variety of genres.
How will I be assessed?
By a mixture of written coursework and oral presentations.
Applicants are expected to hold a degree in a relevant subject area (e.g., education, sociology, psychology, health).
Degree classification: A minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or higher.
Applicants whose graduate study or relevant experience was undertaken in languages other than English will need to demonstrate English language proficiency to the level of an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
Will I be interviewed?Prospective candidates will be interviewed where appropriate
£5000 (ful time basis).
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email email@example.com for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:
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Employment and careers
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
To find out more about our postgraduate courses and research opportunities plus the range of facilities and support we offer, click on the links opposite.
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