Taught course

Education and Social Justice

Birkbeck, University of London · School of Social Sciences

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.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching: Higher Education (60 CATS level 7) will give exemption from the two option modules, and may therefore be accredited towards either the Postgraduate Diploma or the Master's.

Applications are reviewed on their 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate course in education and social justice provides you with well-grounded theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of education and social justice, as well as the opportunity for a comprehensive and critical analysis of literature on education, globalisation, power and resistances.

You will assess how historical perspectives explain today's educational conditions and critically examine the extent to which globalisation affects educational development.

A significant part of this course involves conducting independent research in a field of education and social justice, where you will distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

We offer this course as a Master's, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. For the Diploma and Certificate you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.

  • You can choose from a range of option modules in order to tailor the course to suit your developing interests or to select pathways relevant to your professional and personal needs and interests. You will also take a module 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.
  • We investigate a wide range of issues of contemporary personal, social and political concern and work at the interface of theory and practice. Birkbeck has established a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this degree course to undertake an option module at the university as part of their course 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.
Careers and employability

You will find education and social justice graduates in the following kinds of roles:

  • education health and social care
  • social research
  • social policy
  • civil service
  • international development and human rights
  • youth and community work
  • the cultural industries
  • further study at MPhil/PhD levels.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

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

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