Postgraduate Factfile: Education and Society MRes

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September

  • 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

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Our taught masters programmes and research degrees could transform your career prospects. Find out more at our forthcoming postgraduate recruitment events – click here for details

Course overview

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 School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning has a long tradition of developing teachers, leaders and others working in the education sector education across the North West of England and beyond. Our expertise is reflected in the outstanding feedback we receive from students every year, with 92% rating our teaching as good or very good.

Our programmes offer a practice-based approach to professional learning that addresses current issues. They are fully focussed on school development and the achievement of learners, and will meet the needs of professionals working at all levels in the field of education.

Our academic team are all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools, local authorities, professional bodies, regional and national CPD networks. They also conduct important educational research projects. Such activities directly inform learning and teaching on our programmes, ensuring the curriculum reflects current practice while also keeping you up-to-date with developments in the sector.

Staff have a wide range of expertise across different phases and settings and contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives, curriculum development, school leadership and governance and initial teacher education.

Our international reputation is also growing thanks to a range of successful projects delivered in collaboration with universities and education providers in Sweden, Poland, Greece, Singapore and Malaysia.

Professional learning for educators

All of our professional masters programmes for educators are designed to make study relevant to each participant’s professional requirements. We provide space and support for professional study that will impact on the learning outcomes of young people and on the effectiveness of leadership of teams in schools and colleges as they enact change.

While developing an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research, our programmes offer a wide scope for participants to relate these to their own professional practice or areas of specific interest.

To find out more, read our brochure or go to:

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.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a degree in a relevant subject area (e.g., education, sociology, psychology, health). Degree classification required: 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.

Fees information

Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £5,000.00

Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £12,000.00

Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible:, 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.

Sources of funding

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).  Please go to for more details.

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to:  

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre ( For further details, go to:   

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website ( can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to for more details.

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Community on:
tel: 0151 231 5340
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090

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.

International students

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 for more information and advice.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.

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