Taught course

Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Development: International Perspectives

University of East Anglia · School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a minimum 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Educational Studies or Social Science or relevant teaching experience. UEA Admissions will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant and applications are actively encouraged from those who want to return to academic study.

Months of entry


Course content


This course provides a unique introduction to researching adult literacy and development, combining in-depth understanding of literacy theory and research methodology with practical experience of conducting literacy research. Although approaches to adult literacy teaching and learning and curriculum development will be explored – including functional literacy, REFLECT and Freire – be aware that this is not a hands-on ‘teacher training’ course.


Follow a core programme introducing changing theoretical understanding and policy approaches in the areas of adult literacy, international development and lifelong learning. Choose specialist topics relevant to your interests by designing an individual research project, receiving one-to-one supervision for this element of the course. If a professional applicant wishes, there is opportunity to work on a dissertation which contributes to an organisation’s work and enhances their own professional development.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level. The School is nationally and internationally recognised for its work in educational innovation and social change, literacy and development and mathematics education. Where possible, colleagues from the UEA Literacy and Development Group also contribute to MA sessions. Students are encouraged to attend the public seminar series on Education and Development and informal reading groups.


A high proportion of Masters graduates from this course go on to occupy senior posts in schools, universities and ministries all over the world. This course therefore provides an excellent base for a career in adult literacy and development, with non-governmental organisations, international development agencies or national Governments.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components); PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components).

Fees and funding

School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the UEA's dedicated postgraduate scholarships and funding page.

Department for Education Training Bursaries - PGCE Teacher Training (UK/EU Students only)
UEA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Primary and Secondary Teacher Training programmes have been developed in close partnership with schools across Norfolk and Suffolk offering both School Direct and Provider-led routes. You could get £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
To be considered for an award, submit your application for admission to UCAS Teacher Training or email the School of Education and Lifelong Learning directly with your questions.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515