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Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum 2:2 degree in a relevant subject area or have appropriate professional experience.

The course is directed to recent graduates, from those who have no or little professional experience of education-related work,and to mid-career professionals engaged in teaching, the delivery of other education-related activities, the administration of educational institutions or the analysis of education practices. It will enable you to develop your knowledge of teaching and learning and your capacity to understand and conduct research in education contexts.

This programme is suitable for graduates with a background in social sciences or humanities. Those with a background in other areas and more than 3 years of teaching, educational administration/planning, educational research or related experience may be considered for admission into the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Education is designed for students who have an interest in education practice, organisation, or research. Through modules that include comparative and international perspectives, you will study experiences from the UK and across the world and explore the complex issues facing teachers and education leaders and decision-makers in an increasingly globalised context. These challenges include aspects such as the design of curricula, the delivery of teaching in a rapidly changing world or the effects of internationalisation and globalisation on educational ideas and practices.

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of education as a field of study, but also of the connections between education and other social institutions that play a role in tackling complex education problems. Working closely with classmates and academic staff, you will have the opportunity to explore these questions and to benefit from interdisciplinary perspectives, including education, sociology and psychology. You will be challenged to evaluate and formulate recommendations for educational practices and organisation, and to design innovative interventions that will empower learners by improving the quality and relevance of their education.

The programme gives particular attention to the largest education sectors: primary and secondary education, but also gives you the opportunity to discuss developments in education from a broader, lifelong learning perspective – from pre-primary education and higher education to adult learning and non-formal education – that recognises the interconnections between the different parts of education systems. For your dissertation project, you can choose to focus on any level of formal education or on non-formal education.

Please note that whilst this programme is suitable for educational professionals seeking to develop their career, it is not a teaching qualification and does not provide Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If you are interested in beginning a teaching career, please check teaching qualification requirements for the country and sector where you intend to work.

Distinctive features

  • The involvement of leading scholars in the teaching of the programme provides you with the opportunity to learn about current research and theory.
  • The opportunity to study education in ways that include but go beyond a focus on classroom practice to address the wider debates around education and lay the foundation for a wider variety of careers than a dedicated teaching qualification permits.
  • Dedicated module on critical thinking and other subject-specific skills needed to benefit from your experiences as a postgraduate student.
  • Close links with schools, colleges and other education/training organisations that provide opportunities for active engagement with education practitioners and decision-makers.
  • The opportunity to learn in a School known for its cutting-edge research in education and in social sciences more generally: we were ranked 5th for education and 3rd for sociology in the UK for research quality in the latest Research Excellent Framework (REF).

Information for international students

Additional information regarding admission requirements into this programme for international students can be obtained from the programme admissions team.

English Language Requirements for non-UK applicants

Typical IELTS offer: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other categories)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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