Taught course

Education and Social Justice MA

Lancaster University · Educational Research

Entry requirements

An upper-second class honours degree from a British university or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

How do education systems reproduce, or challenge, existing inequalities? How might you intervene in education systems to promote social justice? Could you develop research-led policy agendas in your own institution?

Our stimulating MA programme immerses you in a vibrant research culture as you explore these fundamental questions and tackle a range of issues relating to social justice in education.

Studied part or full-time over one or two years, and entirely online, the programme offers an excellent grounding in research methodologies, hands-on experience of research, a deep theoretical understanding of social justice and education, and the opportunity to focus on topics of particular relevance to your own interests or professional practice. While the course is delivered online, students are welcome to participate in the department’s research activities throughout the year in person, and some of our students opt to visit their tutors.

This MA is delivered by influential, research-active tutors and staff from our well-respected Educational Research Department (which has specialised in the online delivery of postgraduate, research-oriented programmes for many years). You will benefit from their range and depth of knowledge covering areas such as gender, migration and development, globalisation, social class, disability and digitally-mediated environments.

As part of a dynamic group of international students, all of whom are invested in education and social justice but have unique perspectives and specific interests, you will be studying in a very inclusive and supportive learning environment that’s also interactive and sociable.

Skills development elements such as research techniques, critical thinking and academic writing are complemented by engagement in online forums, peer and tutor review, interactive work, webinars, and live-streamed guest spots that reflect departmental interests.

Core modules in research practice and theories in education and social justice coincide with a tutor-supported independent study module, which will help you prepare for the research dissertation. Your dissertation follows a further optional module in which you develop your own interests within the broad scope of policies and ideologies, interventions in education, and challenges to educational inequalities.

The programme is designed so that the classroom is ever-present: you can work around your own schedule and study whilst in employment. Previous students include teachers, social workers, policy-makers, and those in a variety of careers in education-focused institutions. It is also taken by graduates with an academic interest in education and social justice issues.

Our MA in Education and Social Justice provides a potential route to our highly successful PhD in Education and Social Justice, as well as leading to career change or progression for professional practitioners. It carries the same prestigious academic recognition as traditionally-delivered programmes.

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing and 5.5 for speaking and listening.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kathryn Doherty
+44 (0)1524 593572