Educational Research and Innovation PGCert

Normally 9 months part time

There are two intakes for this programme each year - one in September and one in January.


Fees per 60 credits (for academic year 2014-15)

UK and EU: part time £1468

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The programme will provide effective postgraduate professional development for teachers / lecturers and school leaders in the field of innovation in curriculum and pedagogy through practitioner enquiry.

You will need a professional context in which you can develop relevant understanding and skills and to undertake your practice-based assignments.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

• to develop your knowledge and appreciation of the complexities and skills required to critically evaluate, interpret, and successfully undertake research

• to develop knowledge and skills to plan and conduct a robust small-scale design experiment that tests a new hypothesis drawn from or inspired by the literature

• to explore the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods, and the basic design principles of instruments that address particular research problems or questions

• to develop knowledge about survey research, sampling, experiments, ethnography, questionnaires, interviews and observation

• to synthesise central organising theories and frameworks through a systematic search of the literature in a chosen domain of learning. These may include theories relating to culture, identity, affect, motivation and self-efficacy as well as those addressing conceptual or cognitive development


Find out information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

A first degree and relevant professional experience in an educational context.

The University does not need your employers’ permission for entry to the programme, although you would be expected to discuss the focus of your assignments (where necessary) with appropriate colleagues / line managers. 

You will need to have current access to educational workplaces (eg through employment or educational consultancy), in order to develop opportunities for innovation.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There are two intakes for this programme each year - one in September and one in January.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone:+44 (0) 191 208 6799

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