Postgraduate taught 

Academic Practice MEd: Online distance learning

Approaches to Educational Enquiry EDUC5991

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide skills and strategies to design an appropriate research enquiry, and covers methodologies, methods, and ethics in educational research.


20 contact hours delivered through online pedagogies, which may include for instance webinars and vidcasts.

Online activities do not have to be undertaken on a specific day but are more usually required to be completed within a specified length of time.




5-10 minutes digital oral presentation pitching your proposed educational enquiry to a notional funding body (ILO1, 30%)

Pro-forma ethics application, incorporating methodology and methods (ILOs 2, 3 and 4, 70%). 

Course Aims

This course aims to enable the learners to design a substantial educational enquiry. It offers the opportunity to either focus on practitioner enquiry or research, depending on participants' interest and choice of topic. Building on previous experience with scholarship the learner should develop a more in-depth knowledge of methodologies, methods, and ethics for their enquiries. During the course participants will explore the differences between practitioner enquiry and educational research, and should develop more in-depth understanding of education research approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1: Communicate a rationale for a specific educational enquiry;

2: Critically engage with methodology and methods in educational enquiry;

3: Critically evaluate theoretical frameworks for educational enquiry; and

4: Critically reflect on ethical implications in educational enquiry.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.