MA by Research Physical Education and Physical Activity

MA  EDUCATION BY RESEARCH

Year of entry

The Masters in Education by Research will allow you to focus on a particular subject of research expertise and will prepare you for professional work or further study. Many students complete a Masters in Education by Research before they commit to a full PhD.

You will complete a research project in your chosen subject area over the course of one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).

To support your independent study, there are research methods sessions run by the Graduate School throughout the year, and you will also be invited to research theme group meetings and events that are held within the Faculty of Education.  It is possible to complete the MA by Research either part ­time (two years) or full ­time (one year).

Masters by Research in Education Pathways (Research Areas):

  • Physical Education and Physical Acitvity;
  • Counselling and Guidance;
  • Early Childhood;
  • Special Education Needs and Inclusion;
  • Educational Leadership;
  • Global and International Education;
  • Learning and Teaching.

The MA in Education by Research will allow you to specialise in an area (pathway) in which you are particularly interested.

The areas of study you can choose to undertake your research in are:

  • Physical Education and Physical Acitvity;
  • Counselling and Guidance;
  • Early Childhood;
  • Special Education Needs and Inclusion;
  • Educational Leadership;
  • Global and International Education;
  • Learning and Teaching.

Previous student studies have included:

  • An investigation into place meanings of recreational climbers at an indoor rock climbing venue.
  • What is the impact of wellbeing on the physical activities of occupational therapy for a child with dyspraxia? 
  • Negotiating Sexuality within a Female University Football Team: A qualitative study
  • The effective use of competition as a pedagogical tool to develop confidence and competence in physical education lessons at primary school.
  • What does competition mean to children and how can we prepare and ensure that they enjoy competitive sport?

Your project may develop from your recent undergraduate work or from an aspect of your current employment which you wish to unpick, extend or challenge within your chosen subject area.

You will be supported through regular tutorials from your specialist supervisor, as well as by a second supervisor, who will bring knowledge and expertise in research methodologies.  The supervisory team includes experts in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data collection methods and analysis.

Please contact the programme leader with any questions regarding supervisory topics not listed.  The supervisor's role would be to help you select the appropriate research methods, to support you in devising and producing the project and to aid you in setting this within the critical framework of your chosen subject area.

Further support, training and facilities are provided by The Graduate School.

The programme leads to the award of an MA in Education by Research, which is a significant qualification in its own right, but you could also continue ultimately on to PhD or EdD programmes. The research and writing skills you will gain, and the expert knowledge you will develop in your research area, will enhance your employability and can provide invaluable grounding for continuing and extending your careers in subject area.

The programme is assessed through the submission of a piece of academic writing between 25,000 and 30,000 words in length.

There are no examinations, including oral examinations.

You will meet regularly with first supervisor, virtually or physically and will present your work in progress to the full Supervisory Panel half way through your registration period. Following advice from the Panel you will complete your final dissertation submission.

Fees

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £5,380 £12,420
Part-time £2,690 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

 

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA by Research In Education apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MA by Research In Education apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time February 2021
MA by Research In Education apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020
MA by Research In Education apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time February 2021

 

Further information about the application process and what you will need to do to prepare.

Visit the Government website for full details about postgraduate loans.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Starts

  • Sept 2019

Entry requirements

  • Evidence that you have a good bachelor degree at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) where your dissertation is written in English (NB some subjects require a higher entry qualification).

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