Educational Studies MRes

The MRes in Educational Studies is a combined programme consisting of a taught element and a research element. The taught element consists of a number of core modules which are taken from the Doctoral Research Training programme.   You will then complete a 20,000 words research dissertation.

With over 100 lecturing and research staff and dedicated research centres, our School of Education is one of the largest research-led schools of education in the UK with a distinguished reputation for excellence in our research and teaching practice both nationally and internationally. We have a history of 5 star rated research and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 81% of our work was recognised as being of international quality. In addition, the University is one of only 12 UK institutions to have been awarded 'Doctoral Training Centre' status by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK funding body for social sciences. 

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The MRes in Educational Studies is a combined programme consisting of a taught element and a research element with a  dissertation of 20,000 words.

The taught element consists of the following core modules which are taken from the Doctoral Research Training programme.   

Programme content

The core modules you will take are:

  • Philosophy of Social Research 
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research

You will then complete a 20,000 words research dissertation.

Fees and funding

Fees 2017 - 2018 


Code 9216 - £4,195 full-time  

Code 9217 - £2,098 part-time 


Code 9216 - £15,210 full-time

Code 9217 - £7,605 part-time

Please view our Fees for International Students page for further details. 

Learn more about fees and funding

UK EU referendum and tuition fees

We can confirm that EU students who intend to start their studies in 2016 will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.  If you are in receipt of or have been offered University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support. Find out more

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available. Please view the School of Education scholarship webpage. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page

For further information contact the School directly or the Fees and Financial support university webpages. 

Entry requirements

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International students

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students whose IELTS score does not meet the entry requirements. If you successfully attend one of these courses you won’t need to retake IELTS.  

English language support - during your studies

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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You will undertake advanced research under the supervision and guidance of an experienced member of the School of Education staff. 

Research Facilities

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 will 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 also have a Student Common Room with IT facilities which may be used as an informal learning space for education students. 

The University of Birmingham has been named as University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-2016. Over the last five years, an impressive 98.3 % of Education postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training. It will also appeal to applicants with teaching and research interests in this area.

What type of career assistance is available to postgraduate researchers in Education?

The College of Social Sciences, to which the School of Education belongs, has specially designated careers advisors and careers consultants who can provide guidance for postgraduate researchers on career paths, CVs, training opportunities, application and interviews. The University’s central Careers’ Service also runs workshops and offers personally tailored advice and guidance including 1-1 careers advice and 1-1 CV advice. The Career’s Service runs CV writing workshops especially for postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, giving advice on how to compile CVs for both employment and for academic roles.

The University also has dedicated careers advisors who run workshops and provide networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with international postgraduate researchers.