Taught course

MA Adult Literacy and Learning for Global Change

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. Relevant teaching experience desirable.

Months of entry


Course content


This Master’s is designed for those working in adult education and basic literacy – whether in policy, planning and evaluation roles or as teachers, NGO activists and literacy facilitators. Whilst many of our students will be working in countries of the global South, in Asia, Africa and South America, the course is also appropriate for those in the UK, US or Europe who are interested in developing a new perspective on their work. If you have a real interest in the field of adult literacy and lifelong learning, even if you have not had much first-hand experience, we can consider your application.


You will follow a core programme introducing the changing theoretical understanding and policy approaches in the areas of adult literacy, international development and lifelong learning. In parallel, you will choose specialist topics relevant to your own needs and interests through designing your own individual research project. You will receive one-to-one supervision for this element of the course.


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.


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