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University Master's degree in Educational Research

Objectives & career options

General objectives

  1. To acquire an advanced training in educational research.
    1. To acquire current knowledge of research issues and perspectives on educational research findings among the international scientific community.
    2. To understand and be able to apply the usual research procedures, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies in educational research.
    3. To acquire and apply scientific communication skills in accordance with scientific community standards, and to develop independent learning skills.
  2. To act in accordance with the ethical codes governing scientific research established by professional associations within the international educational community, endeavouring to promote positive social action as regards non-discrimination and the democratisation of knowledge.

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Structure 

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Subject type

Credits

Compulsory (OB)

15

Optional (OP)

30

Master’s final project (TFM)

15

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

Distribution of subjects by module

 

FIRST SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SECOND SEMESTER 30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 

OB

6

QUALITITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

OB

3

DOCUMETARY SOURCES FOR RESEARCH: LITERATURE SEARCH AND ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

OB

3

SUPPORT SOFTWARE FOR QUALITITATIVE RESEARCH (AQUAD) 

OP

3

RESEARCH ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN TEACHING

OB

3

RESEARCH IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING

OP

3

DEVELOPMENT, MOTIVATION AND LEARNING

OP

6

DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE INCLUSIVE SCHOOL

OP

3

RESEARCH IN COEXISTENCE AND CONFLICT

OP

3

RESEARCH IN EDUCATION ADVICE

OP

6

RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

OP

6

RESEARCH IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO EDUCATION

OP

6

RESEARCH IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS

RESEARCH IN ADVANCED MATHEMATICAL THOUGHT

OP

6

RESEARCH IN GEOMETRIC THOUGHT

OP

6

RESEARCH IN NUMERICAL AND ALGEBRAIC THOUGHT

OP

6

RESEARCH IN TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 

RESEARCH IN TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

OP

6

TEACHING RESEARCH IN DEVELOPING LITERACY SKILLS AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

OP

6

RESEARCH IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERARY READING SKILLS, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND  THE CLASSICS

OP

6

RESEARCH IN TEACHING MUSIC

RESEARCH IN TEACHING MUSIC AND MOVEMENT I

OP

6

RESEARCH IN TEACHING MUSIC AND MOVEMENT II

OP

6

MÁSTER’S FINAL PROJECT  

OB

15

RESEARCH IN TEACHING THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

RESEARCH IN TEACHING THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

OP

6

 

RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS SCIENCE

 

RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS SCIENCE I

OP

6

 

RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS SCIENCE II

OP

3

 

 

 

General course programme

This Master’s Degree course consists of 60 credits which are organised into compulsory core modules and optional specific modules, the latter corresponding to the two main routes and the final project.

The optional routes reflect different lines of research, as detailed below:

  1. Psychopedagogy route
  2. Specific subject route.

The aim of the compulsory common core modules is to provide training in quantitative and qualititative methodologies and in the scientific literature, in order to encourage an inter- and multidisciplinary approach to the knowledge and skills acquired. At the same time the compulsory core modules offer an introduction to crossdisciplinary research in professional development in teaching, which reflects the different areas of research around which the Master’s Degree is structured.

The compulsory modules/subjects include:

  • Quantitative Research Methods (2 subjects)
  • Qualititative Research Methods (1 subject)
  • Research in Professional Development in Teaching (1 subject)

The areas of research in Psychopedagogy consist of the following optional modules/subjects:

  • Research in development, motivation and learning
  • Research in diversity awareness
  • Research in special education
  • Research in educational guidance
  • Research in digital technology applied to education

The areas of research in Teaching and Learning Specific Subjects consist of the following optional modules/subjects:

  • Research in Teaching Mathematics
  • Research in Teaching Language and Literature
  • Research in Teaching the Social Sciences
  • Research in Physical Activity and Sports Science
  • Research in Teaching Music

 

The following timetable has been proposed for the course programme. In the case of full-time students, the timetable is:

First term:

  • Compulsory core subjects: 12 credits (methodological)
  • Optional research subjects: 18 credits

Second term

  • Compulsory subjects: 3 credits
  • Optional research subjects: 12 credits
  • Master’s Final Project: 15 credits

 

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research

Master’s degree course professional profiles

This Master’s Degree focuses on research, and consequently offers the possibility of obtaining advanced training in the fields of interdisciplinary education and research in psychopedagogy and specialist subject teaching. It provides multiple opportunities for progress in professional practice.

Professional Profile

Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder

Researchers and experts in the field of education. The programme is intended for graduates whose aim is to conduct research in any field associated with current areas of research.  It is also suitable for university teachers and professionals who are interested in specialisation and research possibilites in innovation and emerging knowledge in education.  Furthermore, the course has been designed in order to render it accessible to graduates from Latin American Universities.

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