Comparative Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Comparative Education at University College London (UCL)

This masters degree will:

  • enhance your awareness of education systems, traditions and issues in a number of countries
  • help you to understand relationships between education and other social phenomena by introducing the concepts and skills you need for systematic comparison
  • critically examine how international comparisons are used and misused in policy-making.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • join one of the few specialist comparative programmes in the UK
  • gain a rigorous multidisciplinary grounding in the comparative analysis of education and society
  • deepen your understanding of contemporary issues in education
  • access new international career opportunities
  • work with an international group of students.
Who is this programme for?

Anyone working or intending to work in education who wishes to understand education in a global context.

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a relevant subject.

Core topics
  • Education: theories and methods
  • Educational traditions and systems in Europe
  • Education and development in Asia Related topics
  • Education policy
  • Minorities, migrants and refugees in national education systems
  • Planning for education and development
  • Social histories of British education
  • Lifelong learning: theories and perspectives.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of 5,000 words, and a 20,000-word dissertation.


Face-to-face evening sessions. Attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • local and central government advisers
  • charity managers
  • researchers and lecturers.


Core modules
  • Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Education Traditions And Systems In Europe
  • Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in European Education
Recommended modules
  • Education and Development in Asia

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree in a relevant subject.

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