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EDUC6282 MA (Ed) Flex Assignment 2

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is designed to further develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills. Its endpoint is an assignment of 8,000 words (or equivalent) on a topic of the student’s choice, negotiated with the tutor, but thematically related to the topics of the preceding and subsequent modules. Through it, students are expected to extend their knowledge of the relevant literature, in particular deepening their understanding of research-based and theoretical sources, and develop their skills in constructing a written argument. They consolidate and develop their ability to write within an appropriately academic genre. They begin to consider research methods, typically those used by others in published research. It may be possible for some students to design and conduct simple very small-scale research within this module, in which case they are introduced to research ethics and ERGO procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Further support you in acquiring a rigorous and thorough knowledge and understanding of your dissertation area
  • Further enable you to analyse issues of educational policy, culture and administration
  • Encourage you to engage with current debates in educational research, policy and practice
  • Equip you with the academic conceptual tools required for studying and assessing the relationship between learning theory and practice in educational and training settings
  • Develop your capacity for critical, evaluative and independent thinking in the context of educational studies
  • Develop your capacity for managing your own learning, development and employment


Module content is negotiated between student and supervising tutor. There is therefore no set syllabus.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study392
Total study time400



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%
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