Taught course

Education, Power and Social Change

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

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Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Months of entry

October

Course content

In our MSc Education, Power and Social Change we explore the links between education (all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education), and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about education, we draw on the arts and humanities as well as the more conventional representations of education in social science. We explore key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn, developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory.

This degree will appeal to you if you are interested in developing and extending your knowledge and understanding of education and social change. Studying this course may also contribute to your professional development. In previous years, some students have used the qualification to take their careers in new directions, while others have used the programme to deepen their thinking about their current practice.

Highlights
  • You can choose from a range of option modules in order to tailor a programme to suit your developing interests or to select pathways relevant to your professional and personal needs and interests. You will also take a course on research methodologies, which will provide you with the tools to undertake an original piece of research into an aspect of education that interests you.
  • If you're not sure you're ready to do a Master's degree, you can choose to do either our Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
  • The Department of Psychosocial Studies was formed in 2000 to investigate a wide range of issues of contemporary personal, social and political concern. We have continued to work at the interface of theory and practice. We have a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this degree programme to undertake an optional module at the university as part of their programme of study at Birkbeck.
  • As well as having access to the library and the wide range of public events and seminars run by Birkbeck, you will have access to the events run by the Birkbeck Research Centre for Social Change and Transformation in Higher Education and the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700