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SPED3006/1 Master Thesis

Learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated:

Knowledge and understanding:

  •   An in-depth knowledge in a specific area related to practical skills transformative learning

Skills and abilities:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  •   Undertake original and independent research
  •   Present their research findings in written and oral format
  •   Effectively undertake meaningful and robust research and enquiry and generate meaningful findings and conclusions
  •   Demonstrate entrepreneurship in relation to ‘agency and of change’.

General competences (transferable skills):

At the end of the course students will be have gained the following general competences:

  •   Project management
  •   Autonomous learning


Course content

The Masters’ thesis is an independent Research project based on an original research question connected to the MA in special education: practical skills and transformative learning.

The research question should be investigated in a scientific manner, and the thesis should be based on both theoretical and applied research within a practical context.

The thesis will demonstrate skills and abilities in the following areas:

  •   independent and autonomous research
  •   analytic capacity and capability
  •   critical reflection and evaluation
  •   academic writing

Completion of a Masters’ degree provides the student with a foundation for further scientific research and enquiry at the higher [doctoral] level. 

As part of the Masters’ thesis the student is expected to include a reflective epilogue, based on their reflective log, relevant to the research question addressed within the thesis.


Teaching and working methods

  • Independent study
  • Supervision
  • Learning sets

Coursework requirements

Reflective learning log, reflecting on the experience throughout the project.

Participation in two learning sets.


Masters’ Thesis 30,000 words [to include 1,500 word reflective epilogue] with Oral Exam

Note: part of the thesis can be submitted in the form of a practical piece. This could result in up to a maximum 50% offset of the word count.

The oral exam will take place at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK).