Explore our Global Education and International Development taught Master's degree.
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? Do you work in the education sector and hope to increase the global reach of your work? Perhaps you have an international development background and want to specialise in education issues? Whatever your goals are, enhance your knowledge and practical skills with this course.
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. The MA includes an option to take a placement module which enhances your professional skills and employability.
Skills from this degree
- Critically appraise ideas and engage with academic debate on issues related to globalisation, international development and education
- Develop your capacity for advancing evidence-based arguments and drawing conclusions that are supported by in-depth data analysis
- Expand your intellectual worldview with regard to the role of education in, and the connections between, globalisation and international development
- Develop the critical skills and intellectual rigour required to review diverse bodies of research and analyse/ synthesise their findings. Learn to choose appropriate methodologies and engage in academic writing at a dissertation level
- Understand past, current and future academic and policy discourses around ‘what works’ in education and development, with particular reference to the Sustainable Development Goals
- Enhance your breadth of knowledge of education systems and contexts
General entry requirements
2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS score to 7 overall, no more than two components at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Understanding Global Education and International Development
The focus of this module is on changing global patterns in the way that education systems are being regulated, and in different populations’ participation in education systems. The changes that education is experiencing as a conceptual space, as systems and institutions, and as individuals’ everyday experiences, demand a contemporary approach to the study of education for practice as well as purely academic purposes. The module therefore explores the discourses of globalisation in education and the contemporary international development agenda in relation to education, as well as practical implications for education practice and research. UGEID brings together foundational theories of international development with current trends, and applies theoretical perspectives on education in a variety of contexts.
Research Methods in Education (alternative online module available for part-time students if required)
This module encourages students in understanding, designing and implementing research in the field of education. It will introduce you to a range of established research strategies and techniques, including data collection and analysis. These skills will enable you to design and carry out a dissertation research project, as well as to disseminate its findings. As part of this module, you will present your research design and have the opportunity to receive feedback ahead of completing your dissertation.
The dissertation is an opportunity to explore, in depth, an area of academic and/or professional interest related to your degree. Building on the knowledge and skills developed during the Research Methods module, and your other modules, you will conduct an independent research project, developing a deeper understanding of your chosen topic. From your research project, you will produce a dissertation, with guidance from a supervisor who will be allocated to you. Through the dissertation, you will demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise relevant literature, produce coherent arguments supported by relevant evidence and logical discussion, and acknowledge sources of ideas and information.
Enacting Global Education and International Development (Professional Placement) is a strongly recommended optional module for this degree.
In addition to this, there are a number of other optional modules to choose from. Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date.
For full-time students, all of our modules are delivered in-person at our well-equipped university campus. Please note that if you wish to study on a part-time basis you should be aware that most modules are taught during the normal working day and there is no out-of-hours provision. If this is a consideration for you please contact us prior to applying so that we can advise you further. Part-time students are able to complete some of their modules as asynchronous distance-learning modules.
Most modules include weekly teaching sessions, giving you the opportunity to join with your colleagues to discuss and debate the topics being explored. These sessions are delivered in a range of formats that suit the module (these may include lectures, seminars, group work and practical workshops, for example). In addition, you will be given various pre- and post- session tasks and readings to support your learning.
Typical contact hours
You will attend one or two 3-hour taught sessions for your module/s each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms, plus research methods training lectures and seminars throughout all three terms.
Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of written assignments taking a variety of forms and oral presentations. You will also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of research supervisor.
Additional course costs
You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
The course aims to equip students to work in educational settings with a global focus, and to work in global education settings (such as charities, NGOs, think tanks). Current and past students work in the following: outreach work for a new university in India; working with an informal education organisation in China; working for an NGO in Pakistan which the student got to know during her dissertation project; working for a UK university in relation to internationalisation; gained a PhD scholarship to continue with postgraduate research at Warwick.
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Careers in Education
- Careers with Children and Young People
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
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Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
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How to apply
The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.
Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.