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Education (Comparative and International Education)

12 months
30910 GBP/year
15270 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Education (Comparative and International Education) programme offered at the University of Oxford offers you an understanding of the factors that shape the development and trajectories of educational systems in different parts of the world and the research skills to compare policy choices and critically evaluate the major debates in the delivery of public and private education.


This full-time course comprises three core papers that cover inter alia the theoretical, historical, empirical and philosophical underpinnings of the field of comparative and international education, the interdisciplinary nature and impact of the research in comparative education, and the political nature of governance and policy choices. 

In addition to three pathway-specific core papers, two core papers in research methods develop students’ understanding in key concepts and principles of educational research design and methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative methods and data.

Students benefit from the expertise available through the Qualitative Methods Hub and the Quantitative Methods Hub at the Department of Education. MSc Education students also choose one assessed option paper from a selection offered by academic staff across the department.

Graduate destinations

Many alumni of the Education (Comparative and International Education) programme offered at the University of Oxford have gone on to academic and research careers at universities in the UK and abroad. Others are employed across a wide range of other sectors such as policy for government departments, NGOs or think tanks, international organisations, administration at local and national levels, as well as state and non-state schools in different parts of the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The teaching style adopted is usually a combination of tutor and student input, and is reliant on students' reading of key texts, preparation of arguments, responses to a presentation and/or analysis of documents and various group activities.
  • In February each year the course moves to Paris for a week for seminars at UNESCO, the OECD and the Institute for International Educational Planning (IIEP).
  • The course is assessed through one unseen three-hour examination paper, five written assignments and a research dissertation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
    • CV/résumé
    • Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 1,000 words
    • Written work: Either one essay of a maximum of 4,000 words or two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
    • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, generally academic

Tuition Fee

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    30910 GBP/year
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  • National

    15270 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15270 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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