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MEd TESOL Course: Educational Research

Focusing on the theory and practice of research in educational settings


This module has been designed to provide participants with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to plan effectively a small-scale study.

The module aims to introduce participants to the principles, underpinning theories and core processes of educational research as a means of preparing novice or first time ‘researchers’ for either a work-based project, dissertation or research study within their professional context.  The module will focus on the theory and practice of research in educational settings and will give participants the opportunity to consider the practical application of the concepts and principles to which they will be introduced. 

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and practice of educational research.
  • Critically review and evaluate academic literature and recent published research on a topic of interest.
  • Apply the principles of educational research to develop a proposal for a research project on a topic of interest.

The ESOL team at UWS have studied and taught across the globe.  In teaching, our ESOL leaders bring both their knowledge and practical experience to the classroom to create an unrivalled learning experience.  Our ESOL team are also involved in academic research and regularly attend global conferences to ensure all of our ESOL delegates are confident in teaching and shaping students who are fit for the ever-evolving, modern world.

This course will adopt a blended learning approach, with a combination of self-paced online study and live online seminars with our leaders.  Delegates will be able to access course content throughout Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will have access to course materials for a short period after course completion, should they wish to consolidate any learning.

You may be eligible for course fee subsidy through the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided, and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.  To be eligible for this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £790) and you will be provided with a discount code on application.

There is also opportunity for learners to advance their studies even further. ESOL learners may be interested in our MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Postgraduate Programme.  The programme will equip you with practical teaching and English language skills, as well as the confidence and citizenship skills that you will gain from developing language learnt in situ.  This postgraduate course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is aimed at those who intend to work as TESOL professionals, teaching English at home or abroad.  To find out more about entry requirements or to apply for this programme, click here.

If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at

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