You should have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in any subject.
Months of entry
Adult education is recognised in Europe as a critical element in addressing the key international economic and social challenges of our time. This joint degree is delivered and awarded by four partners within the consortium: the University of Glasgow, the University of Malta, the Open University of Cyprus and Tallinn University.
Why this course
- Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are University of Malta, Open University of Cyprus, Tallinn University and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
- A distinctive feature of this programme is the connection between theory and practice, gained through focused placements and mobility periods between the partner universities.
- It draws together the recognised strengths of the consortium partners into a relevant, joint degree that engages with and responds to such issues as social inequality, migration and intercultural cooperation.
- The programme aims to deliver a curriculum that enables people to work with adults effectively and competently in changing socially diverse contexts.
- You will receive a theoretical grounding in adult education, as well as intercultural and practical skills development through teaching placements, focused seminars and online courses.
You will take nine core courses and submit a dissertation. Courses are delivered in Glasgow, Malta and Tallinn. Open University of Cyprus courses will be delivered online at Tallinn and Malta. The programme includes three credit-bearing adult learning placements. There is also the opportunity to attend a summer school in Penang at Universiti Sains Malaysia or undertake an internship at UNESCO in Hamburg, Germany as part of the summer mobility period.
You will have three (possibly four) mobility periods, having the opportunity to spend a semester and a summer at the partner universities. The programme has been designed so that students benefit from the specific expertise of each of the partners and have a short placement built into each of the mobility periods. The programme combines expertise of Adult Education in the following contexts and mobility periods
- Semester 1: September - December (Glasgow); Community learning/city regeneration environments + placement
- Semester 2: January - May (Malta); Refugee environments including English language teaching to migrants in times of austerity + placement + research methods (online by Cyprus)
- Summer (optional): June - August (Penang or Hamburg); Peace studies + sustainability or internship
- Semester 3: September - January (Tallinn); Recognising prior learning and professionalising the role of adult educators + placement + teaching adult education online (online by Cyprus)
- Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Malta or Tallinn, depending on focus of dissertation)
Core coursesYear 1
- Adult education and social difference
- Adult learning placements (1 & 2)
- Curriculum development in adult education
- International issues in adult education
- Introduction to adult education
- Practical aspects of adult education
- Psychology of adult learning
- Research methods.
- Adult learning placement (3)
- Social competencies of adult education
- Teaching adult education online
- Theories of change.
Optional courses (summer mobility)
- Peace studies
Our graduates have gained employment in the higher education sector, including international and UK universities, in further education, local councils, adult literacy centres, international non-governmental organisations, private sector companies and healthcare departments.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Erasmus Mundus International Master (IM)
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