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EDUC6283 MA (Ed) Flex Assignment 3

Module Overview

This module is designed to develop students' Masters level research and writing further. Its endpoint is an assignment with a maximum length of 12,000 words (or equivalent) on a topic of the student’s choice, negotiated with the tutor, but thematically related to the topics of the other modules. Through it, students are expected to hone their understanding of their chosen area and research principles and methods, prior to embarking on the ensuing dissertation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is designed to extend students’ knowledge, understanding and skills and develop their stamina in undertaking a more extensive academic study. Students extend their knowledge of relevant literature, in particular deepening their understanding of research-based and theoretical sources, and further 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, either applying their learning to methods used by others in published research, or to their own small-scale studies.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Extend your knowledge and understanding of your dissertation area;
  • Further enable you to analyse critically issues of educational policy, culture and administration
  • Encourage you to engage more deeply with current debates in educational research, policy and practice
  • Develop your confidence in using the academic conceptual tools required for studying and assessing the relationship between learning theory and practice in educational and training settings
  • Provide you with a grounding in the research methods appropriate to the area of your dissertation, including data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Further develop your capacity for critical, evaluative and independent thinking in the context of educational studies
  • Further 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.

Special Features

The course is tailored to individual needs so each supervising tutor will discuss with their allocated students the most appropriate ways of working.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The programme is tailored to each individual student's needs but will usually involve meetings between the supervising tutor and the student, phone/Skype calls, feedback on written work via email and/or in person, recommended reading and self study. Students can access taught sessions and other resources from the other Masters and Doctoral Training provision in Southampton Education School and the full range of University support services.

Independent Study600
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

A wide range of appropriate texts, journal articles and other resources can be freely accessed through the library. 


Assessment Strategy

The module is assessed through a 12000 word (maximum) essay (or equivalent).


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (12000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Students are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the University or meetings elsewhere with their supervising tutor.

Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation)

Costs of attending graduation such as hiring a gown are not covered by the course fee.

Equipment and Materials

Students are responsible for any costs related to ensuring they have appropriate equipment for their research and preparation of the assignment.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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