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About the Course

About MA Global Education and International Development

Education plays a variety of often contradictory roles in public debates, policy discourses, and academic research related to globalisation and international development. Education may be seen as the silver bullet, the solution to global inequalities and the vehicle for economic and social development. Alternatively, education is blamed for not delivering its promise, or even for reproducing or exacerbating the very problems it was supposed to solve. Education systems and institutions are themselves sites which are affected by patterns of globalisation and policy changes regarding development and aid.

Increasingly we are moving into a ‘post-development’ era, where it is no longer possible to separate the globe into clear-cut regions that are designated as ‘developed’ and ‘developing’: local, regional and international connections and transitions demand that we re-focus attempts to understand and theorise the role of education in contemporary society. Education policy and practice faces the imperative of adapting to enhanced mobility and immobility, changing political regimes, and the ever-shifting relationship between education and social change.

MA Global Education and International Development addresses a complex array of interconnected challenges and issues in relation to education, understood in its broadest sense. The programme brings together theoretical and conceptual challenges with applied considerations for education practitioners and development interventions.

Suitable For

  • Do you work in the education sector and hope to increase the global reach of your work?
  • Or do you have an international development background and want to specialise in education issues?
  • Do you aspire to critically engage with some of the most important questions of the current moment?
  • Would you like to improve both your knowledge and your practical skills in the area of Global Education and International Development?

If one or more of these statements applies to you, this taught Master’s programme on Global Education and International Development could be for you.

Course aims and benefits

MA Global Education and International Development aims to cover the following key themes:
  • Tensions and connections between processes of globalisation and international development in the field of education.
  • Current trends and foundational theories of international development thought, and their application to education contexts.
  • The challenge of mobility and migration for understanding and planning education.
  • The global relevance of international development issues to education systems and learning contexts across the world.
From MA Global Education and International Development, you can expect to:
  • Gain the knowledge base to evaluate some of the most important issues that societies are facing today.
  • Develop your practical and analytical skills through a UK-based placement module and an empirical research project.
  • Join a thriving community of International Development researchers at Warwick.
Why study MA Global Education and International Development at Warwick?
  • The course is designed to facilitate access to interdisciplinary expertise across different departments at Warwick, while being centred around Education Studies as the hub department.
  • The course integrates a placement module which aims to enhance your professional profile and skills (see below).
  • You will have the opportunity to engage in the international development community at Warwick through the interdisciplinary activities run by the International Development GRP and the thriving student society Warwick International Development.
  • You will be situated in the Midlands, which is a fascinating area with a distinctive history, and with convenient access to London and the South as well as Wales and the North of England.

Course structure

All full-time Post-Graduate Taught students in Education Studies are required to complete 180 credits at M Level; part-time students may be considered for Accredited Prior Learning (approved at the time of application).

MA GEID includes (i) three compulsory modules, (ii) one optional core module, and (iii) optional module/s amounting to 30 CATS.

The optional core module is the professional placement module which can if necessary be replaced with another M level module (choices to be confirmed at the start of each academic year). For the optional module, you can choose one or two modules amounting to 30 CATS. This includes modules within the Education Studies as well as recommended modules from other departments. The list will be made available at the start of the course (or the start of each year for part-time students). You will receive assistance in choosing the most suitable module/s for your course of study.

Core modules (120 CATS) Optional module (Highly Recommended (30 CATS):  Optional module/s (30 CATS): 
EQ923 ‘Understanding Global Education and International Development’ (30 CATS) EQ924 ‘Enacting Global Education and International Development – Professional Placement’ (30 CATS) Select modules from Education Studies, Law, Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Applied Linguistics, and English & Comparative Literary Studies
Foundation Research Methods (30 CATS) (Also available online for part time students) (The professional placement module may, if necessary, be replaced with another M level module)
‘Dissertation’ (60 CATS)  

 Key Facts

Course duration
- 1 year full-time, 2 years part time

Study programme
- 2 core modules
- 1 optional core module

- 30 CATS of optional modules
- Dissertation

4 assignments of 5,000 words each (or equivalent)
- Dissertation

Entry requirements