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M Phil in Research Methodology (ESRC accredited)

University of Southampton

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This programme is designed for anyone, from any field, who wishes to learn about socialeducational research, enhance their proficiency in carrying out research projects, make a career in social, educational or policy research andor undertake research as part of professional practice. It is particularly relevant for professionals in nursing, nurse training, health service, administration and policy making, training and personnel management as well as education. This ESRC accredited full-time or part-time programme is suitable for those who do not have a Masters and wish to learn about social or educational research. There is a large taught element, but students do produce a piece of independent work in the form of a dissertation. This degree is suitable for those who wish to extend their research expertise and apply it to their own practice as well as those who intend to go on and undertake a PhD. The MPhil in Research Methodology is a modularised course which allows you to obtain a higher research degree by both programme work and dissertation to gain knowledge of and competence in doing research through a study of research methodology and through application in practice and to design, and conduct and write-up your own research project for publication or other purposes. The programme involves six taught core units, two taught elective units and a dissertation based on your own professional needsinterests. As part of a flourishing research community you will be in a stimulating environment for conducting your own research including seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision and peer involvement. Core Units Research Skills and Processes provides you with an introduction to a range of research skills, processes and issues that you will need to be aware of when designing, conducting and managing your own research. Philosophical Issues in Educational Research is an exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of research. The unit thus provides an introduction to epistemological issues in the philosophy of social science, including an introduction to philosophical assumptions underlying different approaches to educational enquiry. Data Collection offers you the opportunity of gaining familiarity with a broad range of Data Collection approaches beyond the needs of their immediate research project. This unit will also provide an introduction to ethical issues in data collection, and to issues in the choice, design, effective use and validity of a range of approaches. Data Analysis considers research data from a qualitative analytical approach. It examines what we mean by qualitative analysis and the meanings you acquire. Your own data collected data will be used to apply and explore a range of qualitative analytical techniques. Communicating and Disseminating Research is a practical workshop based unit focusing on the development of research findings for publication and dissemination to a variety of audiences, in both national and international contexts. Particular attention is paid to considering ways in which the evidence base of research can be clarified and the impact of research on practice improved. ESRC and BERA guidance in disseminating research will be integrated into the course. Quantitative Methods focuses on the analysis of quantitative data. The emphasis is on understanding the underlying principles of data analysis and what can be achieved by employing statistical processes. A secondary focus is the critical reading of statistically based research texts. Elective Units Action Research explores action research as a mode of investigation aimed at changing practice through reflective analysis and understanding. It aims to give you an appreciation of the relationship between theoretical and practical knowledge and the contribution action research can make to both. The unit explores some of the ongoing debates about action research, as well as some of the practical challenges, that any student contemplating the approac

This programme is designed for anyone, from any field, who wishes to learn about socialeducational research, enhance their proficiency in carrying out research projects, make a career in social, educational or policy research andor undertake research as part of professional practice. It is particularly relevant for professionals in nursing, nurse training, health service, administration and...

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