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Creative Learning (MRes)

This MRes is ideal for teachers and education professionals who are interested in developing creative learning experiences in their classrooms – whatever the curricular area or age of pupils.

The Masters by Research (MRes) in Creative Learning is a collaboration between:

  • UWTSD Institute of Education and Humanities (Yr Athrofa)
  • UWTSD Wales Institute of Science and Art (Swansea College of Art)

giving you access to expertise from a range of professional arts, design, and education backgrounds.

The programme has been designed with working educators in mind, with face-to-face workshops taking place at evenings/weekends, supported by online and distance learning.

Key features

  • Opportunities to learn with arts and design practitioners
  • Flexible study designed to suit you
  • Links with arts organisations
  • Practice-oriented modules in Thinking Differently, Creative Dialogues, and Research Perspectives, followed by opportunity for independent, practice-based research
  • One-to-one support with thesis supervisor
  • Opportunity to undertake research to meet the needs of your educational setting
  • High levels of academic support and challenge

Pathway Options and How to Apply

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£2,500 (Home/EU)
£4,447 (Overseas)
  • Opportunities to learn with arts and design practitioners
  • Practice-oriented modules in Thinking Differently, Creative Dialogues, and Research Perspectives, followed by opportunity for independent, practice-based research
  • Opportunity to undertake research to meet the needs of your educational setting

UWTSD has well-established reputation for excellence in professional learning for education professionals and pedagogically focussed educational research

What you will learn

Course Overview

Creativity is fundamental to learning.

The Masters by Research in Creative Learning will offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the processes of innovation, creativity and design thinking, and apply this learning to a school / classroom context.

The MRes Programme has been designed with working teachers in mind, with face to face learning opportunities organised to suit educational professionals in evening sessions; it will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and master classes.

Collaboration and peer observation are integral to the design of the initial taught elements with the aim of developing a safe and supportive environment to explore and test ideas.

The second part of the programme will enhance students’ ability to manage complex research projects. In addition students will learn about approaches to impact assessment and evaluation of classroom intervention; they will have the opportunity to implement and evaluate a creative learning innovation in their own classroom or school setting.

The Creative Learning (MRes) is a practice-oriented, research Master’s degree that is ideal for teachers and education professionals who are interested in developing creative learning experiences in their classrooms – whatever the curricular area or age of children.

Module Topics

Thinking Differently

Seminars and tutorials will introduce the concepts of open-ended experiment and the potential of ‘play’ and ‘experimental working’ in creative learning.

Indicative Content:

  • Develop an experience of how to apply assessment of process and approaches
  • The testing of assumptions and constructs around the potential of learning experience
  • Systematic approaches to project planning, research documentation and information retrieval
  • Research, develop and plan a project from indeterminate or external stimulus that is process led and does not necessarily have a prescribed outcome or object
  • Cross-disciplinary experimentation, including collaborative working, performative approached and non-material practices
  • Historical and current models of experimental presentation modes; e.g. Pecha Kucha, blogging and social media platforms

Creative Dialogues

This module aims to widen the student’s outlook and experience concerning ways in which disciplinary or trans-disciplinary peer-group/team dialogue can enhance the creative project, as well as engaging in the wider more participatory experience of personal creativity.

Indicative Content:

  • The engagement of all students in the final presentation of the ‘Thought Experiment’ module in order to identify potential creative partners
  • Group meetings in which to initiate negotiations within the broad peer group in order to build creative and potentially productive teams and partnerships
  • Lectures and seminars on collaborative practice, multiple creative perspectives, strategies and methodologies, including case studies from, for example, a broad spectrum of art & design and teaching contexts
  • Potential collaborative ‘spaces’, both physical and non-physical, and their contribution to the creative, learning and teaching process, including case studies and presentation modes
  • Dialoguing and creative team workshops supported by tutorials, group tutorials

Research Perspectives

This module aims to enable students to apply key methodological concepts to design close-to-practice education research and to evaluate pedagogical interventions and ethical considerations, for creative learning in formal, informal and non-formal contexts.

Indicative Content:

  • The purposes and processes of educational research, including close-to-practice research
  • The theoretical context and/or tradition in which research studies may be located
  • Identify and clarify an explicit conceptual focus for a close-to-practice research study and a clear rationale for the research
  • Identifying what information or data is needed to respond to the research questions identified and possible sources
  • Selecting a data collection instrument appropriate for the context and aims of their study
  • How to select, design and construct appropriate research tools for a small-scale close-to-practice research project
  • Addressing the ethical issues associated with research design
  • Applying appropriate forms of analysis to primary and/or secondary data
  • Engaging in collaborative research design and evaluation
  • Critically reviewing published research
  • Articulating research ideas and work in progress to peers and colleagues

Practice Based Research

This module is scheduled for part two of the programme which is self-directed under the supervision of an appropriately matched member of academic staff.

Indicative Content:

  • Creative pedagogical approaches
  • Use of divergent and convergent thinking strategies
  • Development of practice based questioning
  • Innovative thinking and testing of ideas
  • Sustainable practice
  • Dialogue and interdisciplinary debate
  • Curriculum development

Tutorials will also support the more formal research process as outlined below:

  • Literature review;
  • Use of primary and secondary data
  • Selection of research methodology and tools
  • Recognition of assumptions and limitations of the study
  • Research project design
  • Effective management of the research project
  • Structure, style and presentation
  • Drawing conclusions and making deductions


This final, module will support students to attain necessary research skills in order to pursue an extended, independent research project. It also provides an opportunity for critical and evaluative research which engages with issues and debate relevant to creative learning.

Lectures will introduce the students to the concepts, principles and practices. Tutorials and seminars will introduce practical examples which will be used to support the application, discussion, and critical evaluation of techniques learned.


Part 1

  • Thinking Differently: portfolio (8-10 pieces)
  • Creative Dialogues: presentation, and written paper (2500 words)
  • Research Perspectives: research poster and presentation, and written paper (3500 words)

Part 2

  • Practice-based research: dissertation (15,000 words), and portfolio (up to 30 pieces)


  • 30,000 words

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will be working in an educational setting and will already hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject. Each application will be considered on its own merit.

Career Opportunities

Creative Learning (MRes) is an ideal opportunity to develop your teaching practice and pedagogy through applied research skills and hands-on creative and arts-based practice.

The MRes will also offer an invaluable springboard to study for a doctoral degree or progress onto the professional Education Doctorate programme. 

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Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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