MSc Educational Research (distance)


You will be taught by senior staff who are all engaged in the practise of doing educational research.

Modules are taught through a blended system of learning including lectures and effective online facilities:

  • modules are taught through access to lectures that include powerpoint slides and audio recordings by the lecturer;
  • supplementary web resources to these recorded lectures;
  • joint online learning groups (about 6-8 per group), which are mixed groups of campus and distance students, both home and international. These online activities draw on the lectures and involve collaborative peer learning supported by online tutorial support and feedback;
  • readings.

You will interact regularly with your tutors online and benefit from collaboration with fellow students through the small online groups and directed acitivites.


Each of the taught modules is assessed by a portfolio of work including a 5,000 word written assignment and a range of tasks and activities equivalent to 2,500 words. Your dissertation is assessed via a 15,000 word submission.

If you are studying the MSc as year 1 of the PhD programme, you will need to reach an average grade overall 60% and 60% for the dissertation. The usual pass mark is 50%

Details of the different teaching, learning and assessment methods used at Exeter.