Abstract / Description of output

This research aimed to describe and evaluate research on the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) sector in the UK from 2008 to October 2019. The focus on PGT allowed a detailed analysis of an often over-looked part of the HE sector. Methodologically the research is original in its use of an innovative machine learning approach to systematic scoping review. The review scrutinised subject areas, topics studied, and methodological approaches taken. Initial searches found 9814 potentially relevant studies which were reduced to 693 for analysis. The machine learning approach was successful in reducing time without compromising accuracy. We conclude that this methodological approach is appropriate for similar reviews within education. Findings show a dominance of research into professional education programmes; a majority of research with PGT as the context rather than focus; a small number of comparative and large-scale studies; and substantial research categorised as ‘scholarship of teaching’. While further research is required to ascertain if the findings are transferable to other national contexts, this study provides a reproducible methodology and identifies areas for future research to examine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalOxford Review of Education
Early online date30 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • postgraduate taught
  • master's
  • systematic review
  • machine learning


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