Policy Studies in Education (MA)

University College London the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

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

Course starts
January, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Policy Studies in Education at University College London

This masters degree will:

  • introduce you to ways of critically analysing education policy within a broad social, economic and political context
  • familiarise you with contemporary developments in education policy in institutional, local, national and global contexts
  • explore existing policy issues and practices
  • enable you to apply the insights provided to your own experiences.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • engage with a broad range of perspectives and develop a comprehensive theoretical understanding of education policy
  • study major and topical themes within social science (such as globalisation, markets and managerialism) with a particular emphasis on their effects on and relevance to education
  • work with tutors who are nationally and internationally recognised individuals
  • access recent and current research.
Who is this programme for?

People involved in or interested in contemporary education policy, administration and governance.

Entry requirements

A good first degree in sociology, political science, economics or another social science subject, and a teaching qualification or relevant professional experience.

Core topics
  • Education policy
  • Sociology of education.
Related topics
  • Economics of education policy
  • Gender, education and development
  • Innovation and change in higher and professional education
  • Philosophy of education: knowledge, mind and understanding
  • Rights in education
  • Understanding education research.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening and occasional Saturday or online sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • teachers
  • PhD students.
  • education policy-makers.


Core modules
  • Sociology of Education
  • Understanding Education Policy
Recommended modules
  • Children's Rights In Practice
  • Economic Perspectives Of Education Policy
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • The Economic Value of Education
  • Theoretical Foundations Of Educational Ideas
  • Theories of Childhood and Children's Rights

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, 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 sociology, political science, economics or another social science subject, and a teaching qualification or relevant professional experience.

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