Taught course

Race, Education and Decolonial Thought

Leeds Beckett University · Carnegie School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether the discussion centres on racial inequality, political developments or the Black Lives Matter movement, issues relating to race, racism and decoloniality are more important than ever. This qualification, the first of its kind in the country, aims to raise awareness of these matters within many professional occupations.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Deepen your understanding of the contemporary discourse on race, racism and decoloniality globally
  • Draw on theory and practice from the Global South and Global North to analyse what race, racism and decoloniality mean within these contexts
  • Study race, identity and culture within the Black Atlantic diaspora and the impact of black philosophies and movements
  • Explore contemporary theoretical debates around critical whiteness studies and critical ethnic studies
  • Select option modules to tailor your learning to your academic interests or chosen career

Research focus

You’ll be taught by academic staff who have conducted extensive research in the areas of race and education. You’ll also have the option to engage in your own research-based learning. You could submit this for consideration for publication as part of the ongoing ‘Race and Education Working Paper Series’ within the school.

Further opportunities to get involved with international and policy making analyses will be available. The Carnegie School of Education engages with BAMEEd, Diverse Educators and numerous other Multi Academy Trust networks.

Collaborative study

International peer-to-peer learning will be accessible via a digital masterclass. You’ll be able to share ideas and network with fellow students from other institutions linked to your tutors.

Extended learning

Additionally, you’ll be able to attend short workshops on:

  • Discourse analysis
  • Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis
  • Grounded theory
  • Black feminist epistemologies and approaches

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)113 812 3113