Studying with us

You can study at masters or doctoral level in the Children Learning Group.

Masters in Education, Child Development and Education

The Masters in Education, Child Development and Education specialisation, is unique in offering a combination of a strong research basis with recognised expertise in policy and applied research. It aims to promote critical understanding of developmental theories and research and the use of this knowledge in the design and evaluation of programmes aimed at promoting children’s development and education. It promotes reflection and discussion about how theories of child development inform practice and how challenges faced in educational and care settings call for further theoretical and research enquiry.

In this full-time, one year Masters course, you will participate in lectures, seminars, workshops and field work, which provide rich opportunities for you to deepen your understanding of child development theories and their use in making decisions about children. Your Masters project will allow you to study a topic of your interest in greater detail.

Our students come from varied professional backgrounds:  primary school teachers seeking to become specialists in literacy or numeracy; experienced Early Years professionals; teachers of children with special educational needs; professionals working with children and aiming to prepare themselves for a leadership role in different types of service (e.g. school leaders in literacy and mathematics in primary school, head teachers, professionals engaged in programme evaluation research). We welcome graduates with psychology degrees who wish to develop their knowledge of psychology in the field of child development and education; those seeking to pursue a doctoral degree will find that this course offers them a solid disciplinary and research basis.

The course is structured in three papers (Child Development, Interventions and Policies to Promote Children’s Development, and Foundations of Educational Research) plus a Masters dissertation.

Masters dissertations supervised by staff in the Children Learning Group include research on literacy learning in different languages, several aspects of mathematics learning and children’s cognitive development. A sample of titles is given below.

  • Awareness of the structure of compound words in Korean and English
  • Chinese children’s morphological awareness in English and Chinese
  • Hungarian children’s understanding of form and function in the use of doublets
  • The connection between morphological awareness in Greek and English in Cypriot children
  • Improving Spanish-English bilingual children’s awareness of morphemes
  • The effect of morphological priming on children’s spelling of word stems in derived words
  • The Role of Phonological and Morphological Awareness in Chinese Word Recognition of Deaf Children in Hong Kong
  • Use of schematic representations to improve children’s understanding of functional reasoning in proportions
  • The effectiveness of arrow diagrams in children’s mathematical problem solving
  • Investigating the effects of the Singapore Model Method in solving mathematical word problems
  • What Year 1 children think about fractions
  • A comparison of different Place Value teaching strategies with five- and six-year-olds
  • Assessing a working memory intervention based on metacognitive processes

You can find out more about the course by clicking here.

Working towards a DPhil

The Children Learning Group has an active group of doctoral students who benefit from the research rich environment in the group and the department. To find out about the current research students’ profiles, click here.