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Global Learning

University College London (UCL)

12 months
24000 GBP/year
10800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Global Learning is a pedagogical approach that encourages active engagement with a diverse, interdependent and fragile world. This online degree will equip you to incorporate global learning into your educational practice, and apply it through policy or research, thereby advancing global social justice and sustainability.


The MA in Global Learning at University College London (UCL) is a distance learning programme which introduces students to a range of perspectives and approaches to global learning, global citizenship education and education for sustainable development. The programme is coordinated and run by staff from the Development Education Research Centre and is the only Masters’ programme in the UK that focuses exclusively on these important areas of educational theory and practice.

The programme offers a collaborative online learning environment through which students develop their own knowledge and skills, as well as interacting with, and learning alongside, peers from around the world. It provides opportunities for participants to reflect critically on their own engagement and interest in how education responds to and promotes learning about global issues, such as sustainability and global citizenship as well as how they link to broader debates, such as those related to education quality, aid and development, sustainable development, poverty, global inequality and social justice.

You will explore the key theoretical perspectives and research evidence that underpin the field and understand how global education policy and practice link with action. Through engagement with research- and practice-active lecturers, and peers from educational environments across the world, you will explore transformational educational approaches that tackle global challenges and prepare learners for life in an increasingly complex and challenging world.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas in countries around the world. Many are working as teachers and senior leaders in schools (in the UK and internationally), while others have found jobs with international organisations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, and British Council, and international NGOs such as Red Cross and Oxfam.

Graduates can also be found working as education consultants, and further and higher education lecturers. Their work includes a wide range of projects and initiatives both within formal education (e.g. in curriculum development, school awards, international partnerships) and in non-formal education (e.g. education campaigns and advocacy work).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Learning: Principles and Theoretical Perspectives
  • Education for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Policy and Practice
  • Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
  • Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
  • Learning and Working in International Contexts
  • Teaching Controversial Issues

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it's full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and an interest in education and approaches to learning about global issues, such as sustainability and global citizenship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 months.


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.

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