M.Sc. On Campus

Comparative Education and International Development (CEID)

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) programme at The University of Edinburgh provides you with both an academic foundation in the theories, issues, and current debates in comparative education and international development and the flexibility to follow your professional interests through a wide range of option courses.


Exposure to experts across the university and practitioners in the field will allow you to to further your networks and consider a multitude of post-graduation possibilities. You may find the MSc CEID is a suitable qualification if you are interested in:

  • research
  • higher education internationalisation offices
  • civil society and non-governmental organisations
  • international organisations
  • public sector.

In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for those that want to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.

In the programme we adopt a social justice perspective, with our expert faculty sharing cross-national and cross-cultural examples from around the world, to help you understand how the global and local shape education policy and the role education plays in various aspects of development, including health, peacebuilding, and citizenship.

At the end of this programme, you will have a more critical understanding of the policies, politics, histories, ideas and cultural practices that influence education.

The programme also builds on the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s desires to be responsible international actors, and takes advantage of Edinburgh as a capital city by connecting with the Scottish Parliament and local organisations in the CEID field.

The capstone approach to the dissertation allows you to apply to complete placement-based dissertations with local, regional, or global organisations.

Career opportunities

As an academic programme, this degree has no fixed career trajectory, opening multiple, potential possibilities.

You may find the MSc CEID a suitable qualification if you are seeking a career in research, higher education internationalisation offices, civil society and non-governmental organisations, international organisations, or the public sector.

In addition, the programme provides a good basis for you to continue your studies and pursue a doctoral degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education and International Development
  • Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
  • Conceptualising research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis
  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education  
  • Anthropology of Education and Learning 
  • Comparative Analysis in Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Education, Demography, Global Studies, Public Policy, Regional Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, International Studies, Politics, Human Geography, Social Research, Economics, Public Health, Population Studies, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Sustainability. We may consider other subject areas if you have significant relevant work experience or a masters degree in a relevant subject area.
  • In exceptional cases, we may also consider your application if you have substantial relevant work experience in place of academic qualifications; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

PT fees

  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Comparative Education and International Development (CEID)
The University of Edinburgh


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!