Taught course

Education, Policy and Society

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second-class undergraduate degree in a humanities or social sciences subject. However, other applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate, through recent and relevant experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-sections.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

As education becomes increasingly globalised, schools and education systems around the world are being shaped and reshaped by what are often a common set of global education policies and ideologies. The aim of the MSc in Education, Policy & Society is to help students develop their ability to critically analyse these dominant educational ideologies, policies and practices; to understand the forces that are driving them, their shortcomings and likely outcomes; and most importantly, to discover and engage with alternative models of education, training, teaching and learning, at the early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and in nonformal and informal contexts outside the formal education system.

Special Features

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society is unique in that it is one of the few Master’s level courses focusing on education that is offered by an interdisciplinary School of Social Sciences. As such, the approach to education offered here is shaped by a strong belief in the value of interdisciplinary social science theory and research for enhancing our collective ability to re-think, re-imagine and enhance educational practices, policies and principles, whether at the local, national or global level.

Course Description

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society is designed for all students wanting to develop their capacity to critically analyse educational practice, policy and ideology, to develop a more clear “big picture” understanding of the broader structures and forces that are affecting schools, universities and education systems today, and to find out about and deepen their understanding of alternative ways of thinking about and doing education. This may include those who have recently completed undergraduate courses of study as well as individuals currently working as practitioners, whether in schools, colleges or universities, youth or community groups, international development organisations, workforce and skills development programmes, or in different levels of government.

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society has been designed to be of value and relevance to students both from the UK and overseas.

Information for international students

A score of 575 on TOEFL (232 on computer-based marking) or band 6.5 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language, or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Gemma Robinson
+44 (0)29 2087 5178
+44 (0)29 2087 4175