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BERA 2020 Doctoral Thesis Award and Masters Dissertation Award Now Open

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

The 2020 Awards are now open for applications. The closing date for the competition is January 9, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a be fully paid up member of BERA at the time of nomination and judging.
  • The institution at which the student submitted their dissertation/thesis should have confirmed the degree awarded by 31st December 2019; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their doctorate in the previous year (2019).


  • £500
  • A 1,000 word double page spread to be featured in Research Intelligence.
  • A complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2020.
  • A BERA 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

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