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Research programme

DPhil in Education

Course Code | 003115 

The department shared top place in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise Education ranking, and its researchers are internationally recognised. Over 95% of research outputs were judged to be ‘international’ and over 25% (the highest percentage in the UK) were seen as being ‘world leading’. There is a wide range of funded research projects based in the department and many of these projects have had a major impact on national policy.

Twenty DPhil places are offered each year, and admission is highly competitive. The department's doctoral students develop their skills through a range of research training seminars in their first year, and are encourage to make the most of the doctoral training and research methods provision available across the Social Sciences division. Students can also join one or more of the department's research groups, becoming part of a vibrant educational research community with an active set of doctoral student-led events, seminars and conferences.

Supervision is arranged by the department at the point of admission and applicants do not need to contact potential supervisors before an offer of admission is made.

Details of current research groups on the Education website External link

How to Apply

The deadlines for this course are 22 November 2013, 24 January 2014 and 14 March 2014. Scholarship applications should in most cases be submitted by the January deadline.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a research course comprises:

In addition to the standard documents above, applicants to the DPhil in Education should provide two (2) relevant academic essays or other writing samples from their most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work.

The research proposal for applicants to the DPhil in Education should comprise both information about the candidate’s reasons for applying to the programme (1-2 pages), highlighting relevant academic and professional experience, and a 2,500-word outline of the proposed research and intended research methods. 

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Education website for any additional guidance.

Taught programmes

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MSc in Education (Research Design and Methodology)

Course Code | 003090

The MSc Education pathway aims to give prospective educational researchers and research students the comprehensive, systemic and wide-ranging foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills that they will need to undertake qualitative and quantiative research competently and flexibly.

It is designed both for those who wish to prepare for doctoral work and for those going on to professional careers where research skills can be utilised. The course consists of six papers and a dissertation based on an empirical research project. The course is an accredited pathway in the University's Doctoral Training Centre.

MSc in Education (Child Development and Education)

Course Code | 003085 

This MSc Education pathway combines a strong research basis with recognised expertise in policy and applied research offered by the staff. It aims to promote students’ critical understanding of developmental theories and research and the use of this knowledge in the design and evaluation of programmes aimed at promoting children’s development.

A core objective is to promote reflection and discussion about how theories of child development inform practice and how challenges faced in educational and care settings call for further theoretical and research enquiry.

The course consists of six papers, which are examined by essays, and a dissertation based on an empirical research project.

MSc in Education (Comparative and International Education)

Course Code | 003075 

This MSc Education pathway offers a comprehensive introduction to a range of theoretical perspectives and current debates within comparative and international education, a strong foundation in research methods and the opportunity to choose from a range of specialist option papers linked to research being carried out within the department.

The course consists of six assessed papers and a dissertation based on an empirical research project.

MSc in Education (Higher Education)

Course Code | 003095

This MSc Education pathway offers a comprehensive introduction to a range of theoretical perspectives and current debates within Higher Education, a strong foundation in research methods and the opportunity to choose from a range of specialist option papers linked to research being carried out within the department.

The course consists of six assessed papers and a dissertation based on an empirical research project.

MSc in Education (Learning and Technology)

Course Code | 003076

This MSc Education pathway offers a comprehensive introduction to a range of theoretical perspectives and current debates within the use of learning technologies in Education, a strong foundation in research methods and the opportunity to choose from a range of specialist option papers linked to research being carried out within the department.

The course consists of six assessed papers and a dissertation based on an empirical research project.

MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Course Code | 002620 
This MSc Education pathway offers a comprehensive introduction to a range of theoretical perspectives and current debates within

MSc in Learning and Teaching

Course Code | 003181

This is a part-time MSc programme for teachers who are interested in developing a research-informed, critical reflection on their practice. It has been devised in partnership with local schools and authority advisors. The focus is on the processes of learning and teaching, and the programme is rooted in participants’ own school-based practice (or in other educational settings).

It involves carrying out investigations in school, supported by appropriate reading, and attendance at up to four intensive two-day residential courses in Oxford each year. Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on collaboration. The final year is a research and development project, which involves implementing a new strategy and reviewing its progress, while working with colleagues.

The university’s Virtual Learning Environment (Weblearn) is used to support the school-based tasks and sustain critical discussion. Supervision of students’ work  will mainly be offered within small subject-specific support groups, and from a university supervisor with expertise in a particular subject.

The course is open to all practising qualified teachers, but there are two routes through it; one for those who already have a Masters level PGCE qualification and one for those who do not. Much of the course content is common to both, but the duration of the course and the assessment demands for each group will differ.

On entry to the course, all students will follow the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in the first instance. Please see the Education website for the route through the course.

  • Length of programme: Two or three years part-time study depending on prior qualifications

MSc in Teacher Education

Course Code | 003001

This two-year course is for University- and school-based teacher educators in mathematics or science who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills base as required for effective and inspirational teacher education.

The course focuses on developing research and practice to inform the instruction and design of teacher education programmes, the ability to conduct research to develop practice, and the ability to participate in debates about teaching and teacher education in your own subject.

The course combines online learning with two residential components in Oxford. It involves four taught units comprising investigations focused on participants’ own practice and tasks which involve individual and group work. Assessment will be through an assignment in each of the units and a dissertation in the final term of the second year of the course. Areas covered in the assessments include: issues in subject teaching and learning; analysis and critique of current practice; analysis and critique of research articles; links between theory and practice; construction of arguments for particular processes; implementation and evaluation of a task; implications for teacher education.

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English Language in University Settings

Course Code  | 002906

This part-time mid-career diploma, taught mainly by distance, is for current and aspiring university English language teachers who wish to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice.

The course combines a strong basis in the understanding and critical evaluation of research in English language learning, teaching, materials development and assessment, with an emphasis on the practical implications of this research for university English language programmes and materials.

The course is modular, over four university terms spanning two years (October to April), plus one residential week in August of each year.  Assessment is by end of module assignment and reflective portfolio.

  • Length of programme: Four terms of part-time study over two years

How to Apply

The deadlines for the taught courses in Education listed above are 22 November 2013, 24 January 2014 and 14 March 2014. Scholarship applications should in most cases be submitted by the January deadline.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a taught course comprises:

In addition to the standard documents above, applicants to the MSc (except the MSc in Learning and Teaching) and PGDip courses should provide two (2) relevant academic essays or other writing samples from their most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work.

Applicants to the MSc in Learning and Teaching and MSc in Teacher Education are not required to provide essays or writing samples.

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Education website for any additional guidance.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

The PGCE is awarded after a one-year, full-time course of teacher training for graduates.

The emphasis of the course is on professional preparation in partnership with associated schools in local authorities. The course is designed for intending secondary school teachers wishing to specialise in teaching Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics and Religious Education.

A range of additional optional courses is offered and all course members take part in a programme of activities related to cross-curricular and whole school topics, such as Special Educational Needs. 

How to Apply

Applications can only be made through the UCAS Teacher Training system.

There is no official closing date for admission, although applicants are advised to apply early in the academic year preceding entry.

Members of the course are required to become members of a college; full advice on this matter is given to all successful applicants for admission. 

Please follow the detailed instructions for applying in the PGCE section of the Education website.

Academic resources

The Bodleian Education Library, located at the centre of the Department of Education, specialises in material on Education and related fields.

As well as a print collection of books, journals and statistics, the library provides access to a wide range of electronic resources. The library also houses a collection of teaching resources, primarily in support of subjects covered by our secondary PGCE course.

The Social Sciences library provides valuable additional resource to students pursuing Education programmes.

The University's Virtual Learning Environment, Weblearn, is deployed to support and connect students on the part-time MSc in Learning and Teaching, particularly in school-based components of the programme.

Graduate destinations

Past students from the Department of Education have gone on to careers both in the UK and other countries in teaching and research in universities, policy for government departments and NGOs, and administration at local and national levels.

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Higher Degrees Office

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@education.ox.ac.uk

 

MSc Learning and Teaching

+44 (0) 1865 274021
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@education.ox.ac.uk

 

MSc Teacher Education

+44 (0) 1865 274021
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PGCE

+44 (0) 1865 274020
pgce.office@education.ox.ac.uk

 

Social Sciences Division

Academic staff

Academic staff profiles on the Education website External link

 

Main areas of research interests

Research interests on the Education website External link

 

Funding/awards

As part of the University’s new ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre, the Department of Education’s doctoral programme and two MScs (MSc Educational Research Methodology and MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition) are ESRC recognised. Each year the department will have one or more ESRC studentships open for UK and EU applicants.

 

Further funding information on the Education website External link

Selection criteria

Details of the selection criteria used to assess applicants are available via the Education website:

 

English language requirements

Higher level External link

Number of applicants
2012/13
Research degrees

130

Taught degrees

347

PGCE

705


Number of places available
2013/14
Research degrees

20

Taught degrees

71 (full-time), 80 (part-time)

PGCE 

194

Statements of Provision

Education - Taught External link

 

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