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MA Education, International Development and Social Justice

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This MA equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand the complex relationship between education, international development and social justice within global contexts. This degree will help to prepare you for careers in international development, humanitarian assistance, research and consultancy with governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organisations, research institutions and charities.

  • A dedicated and passionate academic team with decades of experience in shaping this sector and helping to make a difference.
  • Access to cutting edge research and social engagement through the work of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS).
  • Guest lectures, seminars and workshops capitalising on our links to development and humanitarian organisations and charities.
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities through our internationally diverse community of students and academics.

Why study Education, International Development and Social Justice?

Access to quality education is a fundamental human right. However, many young people around the world are unable to access it or complete the full education cycle due to social, cultural, economic and political barriers.

This is particularly the case for girls, the poor and young people from rural and marginalised communities living in developing countries and societies affected by conflict. Even when education opportunities are available in these contexts, they often do not meet the needs of young people or those of their communities.

At best, education that is ill-conceived is of limited value. At worst, it can promote economic stagnation, socio-economic inequality, social exclusion and conflict.

The MA Education, International Development and Social Justice explores the sociology and political economy of education and learning within development, humanitarian and transnational contexts globally.

In particular, you will learn about:

  • the social, political, cultural and economic contexts in which young people live their lives and education and learning take place around the world
  • current theories, policies, practices and approaches to education and learning within these contexts
  • challenges faced by governmental and non-governmental organisations in relation to planning and providing quality education for all (such as poverty, gender inequality, humanitarian emergencies, modern slavery, human trafficking)
  • education policy and practice with reference to particular marginalised communities (such as working children, nomads, young people who have been trafficked, former child soldiers, refugees)
  • education policy and practice with reference to life-long learning and adult education (such as higher education, adult literacy).

The programme critically addresses the relationship between education (formal, nonformal, informal) and issues of contemporary relevance, including:

  • human rights
  • poverty and economic development
  • identities, inequalities and social exclusion
  • colonialism and postcoloniality
  • gender (in)equality
  • globalisation
  • migration – voluntary and forced
  • nation-building and postnationalism
  • peace and conflict, divided societies, post-conflict reconstruction
  • climate change and sustainable development
  • health and pandemics
  • livelihoods, vulnerabilities and organised crime.

Why St Mary's?

The degree is part of our wider commitment to addressing issues of social justice through the work of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS).

The wide-ranging and inclusive membership of the Centres, encompassing partnerships between academics, charities, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the business sector, provides an ideal environment to stimulate debate, influence public policy and improve professional practice.

The MA Education, International Development and Social Justice is also enhanced by our peaceful location in leafy West London; a short train ride away from global headquarters of international organisations working in the field.

Course content

You will take a total of seven modules as part of this degree:

  • Three core content modules
  • One core research methods module
  • Either a dissertation or a work-based research project
  • Two optional modules (out of a choice of four)

Modules

Fee information

Tuition fees September 2021 Home: £8,100 International: £13,950 Part-time fees Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

How to register

To apply for this programme, please see https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/application-process/postgraduate/nationality.aspx. For further information, please contact Kathleen Fincham at kathleen.fincham@stmarys.ac.uk.