Taught course

Social Justice and Education

UCL - University College London · Education, Practice and Society

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in education or sociology or a cognate discipline is required. Some educational experience in either teaching or administration is considered an advantage. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Social Justice and Education MA will help students to identify, examine and critique key sociological perspectives on social justice, citizenship, social inequalities, social inclusion and exclusion. They will explore how social justice issues are constituted and contested, examine social justice concerns in education policy and practice, and develop their theoretical, methodological and analytical social research skills.

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is home to an interdisciplinary grouping bringing together high-quality teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education, international development, post-compulsory and vocational education and higher education.

The Social Justice and Education MA is taught by world-leading sociologists within the department who have expertise in research methods, policy analysis, equality and human rights: issues of gender, 'race', sexuality, youth, disability and social class. Those teaching are active researchers and will introduce the latest research and developments in their fields.

This programme explores sociological perspectives on social justice and inequalities including race, class, gender and sexuality in international contexts and equips with essential theoretical and methodological research skills. The MA attracts a diversity of both home and international students thus providing excellent educational and professional networking opportunities.

. Students gain invaluable networking opportunities with leading scholars and a cohort of internationally diverse students across the IOE MA cluster in sociology, social justice and policy studies in education.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 5 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
12 months
full time
12 months


The programme is delivered through a mixed mode, including face-to-face Saturday or evening sessions and interactive online learning in a combination of teaching and learning styles. Sometimes a conventional lecture-based approach is taken, with the aim of providing an overview of the field. Lectures are usually followed by open discussion or group work. At other times a seminar format is adopted involving, for example, group discussion of set reading, a video or an introductory presentation. Assessment is through coursework essay assignments, plus submission of a report or dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214