The following resources are recommended by members of the EDU for those engaging in or with educational research, particularly qualitative research. You can also see further recommendations for reading relating to the specific methods used in educational research within the relevant parts of Methods in educational research.

Imperial has access to a range of educational literature databases including the British Education Index (BEI) and the Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC). The library also has a range of e-books devoted to the process of conducting educational research.

Online resources

The LTDI Cookbook is an accessible and practical introduction to the evaluation of learning technology and other educational initiatives.

This E-Learning Faculty Module from Kansas State University provides a step-by-step induction to the process of conducting educational research.

The King’s College London/Health Education England Evaluation Practice Toolkit (PDF) signposts a number of different models, tools and resources for evaluating clinical education programmes.


Brancati, D. (2018) Social Science Research (Sage, London).

Cleaver, E., Lintern, M. & McLinden, M. (2018) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry (2nd edition). London, Sage.

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2018), Research Methods in Education (Abingdon, Routledge, 8th edn).

Denscombe, M. (2017), The Good Research Guide for Small-Scale Social Research Projects (Maidenhead, Open University Press, 6th edn)

Grix, J. (2010), The Foundations of Research (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edn).

Knight, P. (2002), Small-Scale Research: Pragmatic Inquiry in Social Science and the Caring Professions (London, Sage).

Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C. & Ormston, R. (2014), Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers (London, Sage, 2nd edn).

Savin-Baden, M. & Howell Major, C. (2013), Qualitative Research: The essential guide to theory and practice. (Abingdon, Routledge).

Training in education research methods

The Educational Development Unit offers a three stage MEd in University Learning and Teaching, the final (Master's) stage of which consists of an independent educational enquiry relating to the student's practice at Imperial. Find out more about the MEd ULT.