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BERA Masters Dissertation Award

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and methodological originality within the field of educational research. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a fully paid up members of BERA at the time of nominations.
  • The institution at which the student submitted their dissertation should have confirmed the degree awarded by 31st December 2020; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their masters in the previous year (2020).


  • £500
  • Complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2021.
  • Yoru research presented as a BERA Blog

Application Details

Application for the award should consist of

  1. A submitted nomination on the BERA website below
  2. Supporting documents
    1. An abstract of your dissertation
    2. The dissertation
    3. A supporting statement emailed directly to BERA  from your supervisor (600 words)
    4. A headshot we can use on the BERA website

 After submitting your application below please email these documents to PDFs will not be accepted.


Nominations will be scored by a BERA selection panel. The panel’s judgement will be framed by the following criteria:

  • Research quality (including rigour, transparency and validity)
  • Novelty of research area
  • Methodological originality
  • Significant conceptual or theoretical contribution
  • Potential impact of research (for practitioners, policy-makers and other research users such as children and young people)


Applications accepted until January 13, 2021

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2020 Winner

Dissertation: Exploring Governance and Governmentality in Myanmar’s Education Reforms 

Thu Thu

University of Cambridge

Thu Thu was awarded the 2020 BERA Masters Dissertation Award for her dissertation Exploring Governance and Governmentality in Myanmar's Education Reforms. The abstract for her dissertation is below: This thesis is a study of the work of...

2019 Winner

Joyce Kim

University of Cambridge

Joyce Kim was awarded the 2019 BERA Masters Dissertation Award for her thesis Contested Cosmopolitanisms: A Comparative Case Study of Student Experiences and Identities Within Internationalizing South Korean Universities. The abstract for her...

2018 Winner

Helen Manley

Oxford Brookes University

Helen Manley won the the 2018 BERA Masters Dissertation Award for her dissertation: School-based counselling interventions for the reduction of anxiety in primary school children: a systematic review  The abstract for her dissertation is...

2017 Winner

Jonathan S James

UCL Institute of Education

Jonathan S James was awarded 2017 BERA Masters Dissertation Award for his dissertation: Civil disorder, domestic terrorism, and education policy The abstract for his dissertation is below: “This dissertation seeks to identify the ways in...