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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 2019; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their masters in the previous year (2019).


  • £500
  • Complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2020.
  • Blog


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
  • New area of research
  • Methodological originality
  • Significant conceptual or theoretical contribution to its field
  • (Potential) impact for policy-makers, practitioners and other research users


The Award will open for application this autumn, and will be awarded in January



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...