module specification

ED7125 - Specialist Study Module (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Specialist Study Module
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 200
196 hours Guided independent study
4 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay (5000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Not applicable Not applicable
Spring semester North Not applicable Not applicable

Module summary

This module allows students to identify and pursue detailed documentary study in an area agreed with their supervisor at M-level.  This can be the pursuit of an education-focused topic not offered as part of the scheduled MA Education curriculum or afford an opportunity for school-based subject specialists to extend their knowledge and understanding in their specialist area.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The module aims:
• to offer an expanded range of possible topics for study;
• to support early-career teachers desiring to expand and develop their knowledge base in a particular area.


Content will be decided by negotiation between student and supervisor.  Students are entitled to 4 hours of supervision over the course of the semester in which they take the module.

Learning and teaching

Individual tutorials in negotiated combination with self-directed study.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will have:
• informed themselves about a specific area of professional or academic interest relating to the study of Education;
• developed, clarified and informed their own research interests;
• exercised academic search and communication skills, including the setting of specific goals for their study;
• extended her/his confidence in discovering and selecting material, and relating it to a particular task within a particular theoretical perspective.

Assessment strategy

Completion of 5,000 word extended essay.


Bibliography is contingent on topic.