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MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives)

On the Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) programme from University of Birmingham, you will focus on the similarities and differences between structures, processes, dynamics, policies and practices of different education systems.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,150 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

You will explore and seek to explain similarities and differences across cultures, countries and regions and learn about theory, epistemology and methodology and participate in critical debate in the field of comparative and international education. One area of application on the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway,will be around how concepts of human rights may be used to develop educational policies and practices.

A series of core modules on this pathway will equip you with an economic, historical, philosophical and sociological framework for understanding the field of education and the skills required for conducting critical research. A central theme of the degree is the extent to which, and how, ideas, practices and values can impact on educational inclusion and equity. A range of optional modules will enable you to develop knowledge and skills relevant to your interests and practice.

The Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) programme from University of Birmingham will be of particular interest to education practitioners and policymakers seeking a wider and deeper grounding in debates surrounding education equity. The focus on critical analysis will be especially attractive to those working in the field of equalities and diversity and those seeking new and innovative ways of improving educational outcomes for specific groups of learners within a fast-changing area of education reform.

Courses included:

  • Education, Policy and Society
  • Research methods in education
  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Education as an International Issue
  • Dissertation
  • Education, Curriculum Design Planning and Social Justice
  • Education Policy and Improving Schools
  • Disability and Inclusive Development

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


This programme has been specially developed to appeal to a broad range of career aspirations in sectors requiring an international perspective of education, and comparative analytic skill in different contexts. The MA Education (Comparative and International) does not provide qualifications for a particular role, but the knowledge and skills that will enable you to pursue a range of career paths in education.

Graduates from this programme work in the education sector in roles including: education management, ministries and other national/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, education research, publishing, education consultancy and higher/further education.


  • A 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) Bachelor’s degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology) is required.
  • Applicants without a 2:1 or a degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree as above) are welcome to apply, but should have a degree and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience post degree, in an education-focused setting.

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