University of Birmingham

12 months
18450 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Education programme from the University of Birmingham is aimed at students wanting to develop their capacity to critically analyse education policy, practice and discourse.


The Education programme from University of Birmingham will be of interest to those keen to examine existing and alternative forms of Education within the context of social justice. We will examine recent writing, debates and media to discuss and evaluate current theory and research in selected areas of education policy. 

You will learn how to translate knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing into a detailed analysis of education policy and practice and consider how this impacts on under-represented or marginalised groups. 

By the end of the MA, you will have developed the skills and the tools to be able to critically interrogate theoretical and policy debates concerning social and cultural change and assess their implications for creating an education system that is genuinely fair and works for all. 


This programme has been specially developed to appeal to existing undergraduates in disciplines such as Education, Sociology and Social Policy and, to practitioners seeking to explore new or alternative approaches to thinking about Education.  

Graduates would have the flexibility to use modules to progress to the EdD as well as other research programmes or may wish to consider job opportunities in sectors requiring knowledge of education policy, young people and social justice more broadly.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education, Policy and Society
  • Researching Education
  • Dissertation
  • Citizenship, human rights and the environment
  • Curriculum design in global contexts
  • Cross cultural issues in SEND
  • Education as an international issue
  • Educational practices for social justice and enquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a first degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • for speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18450 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

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