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Education (Comparative and International Perspectives)

University of Birmingham

12 months
20430 GBP/year
9810 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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On the Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) programme from University of Birmingham, you will focus on the similarities and differences between structures, processes, dynamics, policies and practices of different education systems.


You will explore and seek to explain similarities and differences across cultures, countries and regions and learn about theory, epistemology and methodology and participate in critical debate in the field of comparative and international education. One area of application on the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway,will be around how concepts of human rights may be used to develop educational policies and practices.

A series of core modules on this pathway will equip you with an economic, historical, philosophical and sociological framework for understanding the field of education and the skills required for conducting critical research. A central theme of the degree is the extent to which, and how, ideas, practices and values can impact on educational inclusion and equity.  A range of optional modules will enable you to develop knowledge and skills relevant to your interests and practice.

The Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) programme from University of Birmingham will be of particular interest to education practitioners and policymakers seeking a wider and deeper grounding in debates surrounding education equity. The focus on critical analysis will be especially attractive to those working in the field of equalities and diversity and those seeking new and innovative ways of improving educational outcomes for specific groups of learners within a fast-changing area of education reform.


This programme has been specially developed to appeal to a broad range of career aspirations in sectors requiring an international perspective of education, and comparative analytic skill in different contexts. The MA Education (Comparative and International) does not provide qualifications for a particular role, but the knowledge and skills that will enable you to pursue a range of career paths in education.

Graduates from this programme work in the education sector in roles including: education management, ministries and other national/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, education research, publishing, education consultancy and higher/further education.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education, Policy and Society
  • Research methods in education
  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Education as an International Issue
  • Dissertation
  • Education, Curriculum Design Planning and Social Justice
  • Education Policy and Improving Schools
  • Disability and Inclusive Development

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

  • A 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) Bachelor's degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology) is required.
  • Applicants without a 2:1 or a degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree as above) are welcome to apply, but should have a degree and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience post degree, in an education-focused setting.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20430 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9810 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 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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