MSc Quantitative Research Methods (Education)

Introduction to the MSc

The MSc Quantitative Research Methods (Education) is designed to help practitioners and policy makers in all parts of the education system use economic concepts and research methods to enhance their analysis of educational policy issues. This research masters programme will develop economic and quantitative research skills to prepare individuals for further research.

The focus is on the application of economic concepts to real world issues, with examples drawn from staff members’ own experience in government and private sector research. The course is taught by leading researchers with experience of conducting large and small scale research for a wide range of stakeholders, including most of the major government departments.

This masters degree will:

  • examine relationships between education and human development
  • explain and apply key economic concepts, methods and ideas to education in both developed and developing countries
  • evaluate critically the application of these to education policy

Who is this programme for?

Anyone planning to undertake doctoral level research in economics of education, or anyone who is interested in a career in educational research using quantitative and qualitative techniques. If you have studied economics in your first degree and need a better understanding of policy evaluation and the economics of education for your work in educational policy, this will give you the skills you need.

Expected learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • apply the economic concepts, methods and ideas introduced in the course to an analysis of education policy and in their own field of work and national context
  • evaluate and critique the ways in which economists have applied economic principles to education and education policy making
  • understand some of the main controversies in empirical research in education economics and be able to summarise research evidence
  • structure an economic argument and support it with evidence
  • apply economic concepts in their own empirical and theoretical/conceptual work

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study a programme that is unique in the UK
  • prepare you for starting PhD-level research in the economics of education.

Applicants may be eligible to apply for 1+3 funding from the Economic and Social Research Council via the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • researchers in universities and other research organisations
  • government officials in ministries of education worldwide
  • senior leaders in schools.
Compulsory modules

  • Impact Evaluation Methods
  • Quantitative analysis 2
  • 10,000 word report
Optional modules

  • Education and development in Asia
  • Educational testing
  • Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice
  • Understanding education policy
  • Quantitative analysis 1
Entry requirements

A second class UK honours degree, preferably in a social science subject. Alternative qualifications may be considered.


Kathleen Middleton

Programme Administrator

UCl Institute of Education

University College London

20 Bedford Way

London, WC1H 0AL

Telephone: 020 7612 6654

Email: Kathleen Middleton

Highly recommended modules

  • Economic Perspectives on Education Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis 3
  • Longitudinal Research and Analysis