Modules are designated either Research or Subject Modules. You have some choice about the balance between the two. You can either take 60 or 80 credits (ie, three or four modules) of subject focused courses but the remainder of 180 credits has to be completed through research training. Subject modules explore the cultures and contexts of learning and theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning. From the outset, this course will provide opportunities to develop and apply ideas toward students' own research goals including a special study in Year 1.
In addition to the research training modules each pathway has its own specialist research module which serves to support the development of your final research plan.
In general, taught elements will be completed in the first half of the course, which then enables students to focus on main data collection and the writing of their thesis in the second half.
The School of Education is equipped with the facilities to suit your needs, whatever programme you may be studying with us. As a doctoral researcher you have 24-hour access to work space in our research suite, where there are computer and telephone facilities. You also have access to University libraries and computer facilities, as well as other entitlements such as grants towards conference attendance and photocopying. Many research students work with supervisors in publishing articles and making their work public.
In addition, we have our own Education library, based within the main Education building on campus, with specialised resources including e-journals and education sector-specific literature. The education library has two group study rooms for education students. Both rooms can accommodate up to 15 people. Facilities available include PC and large smart board displays that can be used for presentations and teaching practice. We have also recently refurbished our Student Common Room facilities as an informal learning space for education students.
The Orchard Learning Resource Centre (OLRC) which is situated on our Selly Oak Campus, holds over 200,000 items, encompassing religious studies, social sciences and humanities. Collections include the European Documentation Collection (EDC) of over 10,000 items published by the European Commission and the German, Arabic and Oriental collections as well as the predominantly Russian-language Baykov Collection.
A vast array of IT facilities is available to students and staff within the school. Flexible open access computer clusters and learning suites are available, with school specific software.
To find out more about the facilities and resources available in the School of Education, including online and e-learning facilities, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/facilities/index.aspx