Profesional Enquiry

Module code: ED7611

Module co-coordinator: Dr Alison Fox

As part of your Masters, you will undertake a small-scale investigation of professional value to you and your organisation. This will run throughout the academic year.

We will help you to identify a professional challenge of interest and value to your organisation and then guide you through possible research approaches, after which you will decide on an appropriate design for your study. This will involve considering different ways to think about research and methods of data collection and analysis. You will be encouraged to work with others in developing your study and will be allocated a personal tutor to guide the development of your enquiry.

Before collecting your data you will need to gain ethical approval; we will help you develop the necessary documents and procedures to ensure your study is carried out sensitively, fairly and transparently.


We will assist you in choosing a topic and you will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you. The course is delivered through a flexible and supportive approach and its delivery includes:

  • Online support through active use of the University’s virtual learning environment
  • The support of a personal tutor
  • Self-directed study
  • Collaboration in a Lesson Study cycle with at least one other colleague in your school/college
  • Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment


  • The first chapters of a Professional Enquiry report, explaining your context, the study’s aims, relevant previously published work and the research design.
  • Write up the study after completing fieldwork and analysis. This includes an evaluation of the research design, presentation of your findings and a conclusion.
  • A presentation to a professional audience.