Social Justice and 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 Social Justice and Education at University College London

This masters degree will:

  • identify, examine and critique key sociological perspectives on social justice, citizenship, social inequalities, social inclusion and exclusion
  • explore how social justice issues are constituted and contested
  • examine social justice concerns in education policy and practice
  • develop your theoretical, methodological and analytical social research skills to enable you to critique existing research and to pursue your own enquiries in social justice and education.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • address, in a unique way, the complex links between social justice and education
  • focus on key current policy and political debates about the role of education
  • develop, extend and reflect on your own professional interests, concerns and practice
  • take some modules as stand-alone short courses.
Who is this programme for?

Teachers, education-related professionals from local government, the voluntary sector or social justice NGOs, and social science graduates.

Entry requirements

A good first degree in education or the social sciences, or a degree in another subject plus professional or personal experience in social justice work.

Core topics
  • Sociology of education
  • Rights and education.
Related topics
  • Gender, education and development
  • Sociology of race and education
  • Values, aims and society
  • Theory and policy 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
  • Theoretical Foundations Of Educational Ideas
Recommended modules
  • Children's Rights In Practice
  • Gender: Theory and Practice in Education
  • Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in European Education
  • Philosophy Of Education: Values, Aims And Society
  • Rights and Education
  • Social Histories Of British Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Race and Education
  • 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 education or the social sciences, or a degree in another subject plus professional or personal experience in social justice work.

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