MA Education (PgCert, PgDip)

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £7,250

Home (per credit): £40.28

International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

This MA covers social justice, democracy and participation, it involves critical multi-disciplinary study and deepens your understanding of education in a global context.

  • Ideal for those with a professional and personal interest in education whether you are already in practice or aspiring to develop a career in education
  • Critically interrogate education policy, discourse and practice in a supportive and stretching learning community
  • Explore and analyse social, political, historical, philosophical and cultural issues in education
  • Focus on social justice and globalisation in education
  • Enjoy the rich environment created by a diverse breadth of learners
  • Alternative Exit/Interim Awards of PgCert and PgDip available

The MA Education critically examines the purpose of education, its social and cultural impact and the implications of democracy and educational governance. You will learn to question accepted theory and policy, view education from a global perspective and explore key issues such as inclusion and accessibility.

Taught by experienced academics with backgrounds in teacher education, higher and further education, specialist provision, nursing and social work, the programme provides a rich, stimulating and relevant learning experience. As well as recent graduates looking to take their understanding to the next level and, perhaps, embark on a career in research and academia, the programme will appeal to experienced practitioners. Applicants may come from a standard education setting, further education, community arts, education welfare, prison education or other informal settings.

The programme is expected to attract education professionals at all levels thus giving students the opportunity to learn from each other as well as academic staff and visiting guest speakers.


The programme will enable you to enrich and develop essential skills for career progression. You will explore your own values and principles regarding education and educational discourses and practices and will investigate how education facilitates opportunity.

Led by staff with significant practical experience of education systems in Nepal, Thailand and Brazil, you will explore education in an international context. This will enable you to build a global view of education, enhancing your existing knowledge and experience with new concepts and theories, grounded in research. 

Available full-time or part-time, the programme is flexible enough to fit around existing commitments. Module content and assessments are flexibly designed to cater for new graduates and those facing workplace experiences and challenges. The dissertation module enables you to specialise in your specific area of interest, with those in employment able to focus on a topic applicable to their current role.

Are you a Newly Qualified Teacher? You may be interested in our MA Education Practice degree, which is specifically designed for NQTs.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This programme offers excellent opportunities to enhance your employability and career progression through your developing skills and confidence. You will benefit from our strong and established relationships with employers in education and other fields.

As a graduate you will be able to enter or progress in a range of careers where education is central to practice and organisational purpose. You may go on to undertake roles in: policy work; arts education; educational leadership; community-based education; learning, development and support; schools; adult, further and higher education; local authorities/central government; diplomacy and international projects; educational research; NGOs and educational consultancy.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Education, Society and Culture
20 credits

This module provides the critical skills required to review the inter-relationship between education, society and culture across a variety of educational contexts. It:

  • introduces you to the relationship between ethnicity, multiculturalism and identity
  • enables you to conceptualise life-long learning to explore the social and educational process that shape individual life chances

Competing Philosophies of Education
20 credits

This module examines the breadth of issues concerning education philosophy and the range of views on these issues. It offers an introduction to important debates and traditions within education philosophy and explores how these relate to on-going issues in globalisation and social change.

The Critically Reflective Practitioner
20 credits

This module focuses on helping you to critically reflect on personal values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to developing practice and the implications of relevant theory and research on your own educational practice, in a range of contexts.

Education, Globalisation and Social Justice
20 credits

This module offers a critical understanding of the process of globalisation and the ability to critically reflect on the impact of globalisation and social justice.

Critique, Power and Transformation in Education
20  credits

This module aims to provide a critical perspective of different systems of education within the context of political, cultural, social and economic influences. It also examines the sources and use of power within educational settings and investigates pedagogies for empowerment and transformation.

Research Methods
20 credits

This module encourages you to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methods and methodologies for your own research.

60 credits

This module aims to provide an opportunity for you to integrate the skills, knowledge, theory and practice that have been learned in the previous modules. You will design, plan and conduct a research project either as an empirical project or as a theoretical study.


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Study hours

The course consists of six core modules (20 credits each) and one dissertation module (60 credits) - all at Level 7.

You can study full-time or part-time. Modules are delivered during the afternoon and early evening in 4 hour, weekday sessions in Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Teaching methods

You will be taught via: workshops, seminars, lectures, online sessions, blended learning, face-to-face sessions and tutorials (include module specific and personal tutorials).

Applied learning

You will apply your learning within the workplace/to professional practice experience in a range of settings e.g. education, social care, health, community agencies, learning and organisational development.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this course include: an essay, report and critical reflection on professional practice.

All assessments are closely linked to practice. There is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own setting.

Course tutors

Gillian Peiser

Dr Gillian Peiser

Programme Leader

Dr Gillian Peiser gained a BA in European Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Manchester in 1994. She then went on to gain a PGCE from the University of Liverpool and an MA in Educational Management from LJMU. Gillian completed her PhD in Education at John Moores in 2012. She worked in secondary education for 11 years and has worked at LJMU since 2006 in a variety of roles.  Her research specialisms include intercultural understanding in languages education, extracurricular learning and teacher development.

I am passionate about a programme that prompts students to critically examine how educational practices, discourse, systems, policies, culture and institutions, in formal, informal, local and global contexts, influence opportunities. The course encourages students to explore principles of social justice in education with a dynamic learning community.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in IM Marsh Campus, the School of Education benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres plus an on-site library.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 ideally in a relevant subject e.g. Education, Social Policy, Childhood, Community Development, Health or International Studies
  • to be able to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and/or relevant work experience, along with a genuine passion and interest in the critical study of education in its broadest sense


  • GCSE English or equivalent
Additional information
  • IELTS 6.5 level (minimum 6.0 in each component) or equivalent
  • Those holding qualifications deemed equivalent to respective parts of the MA may be permitted to enter with exemptions
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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Applications are considered by the Programme Leader and at least one other programme tutor. They are assessed on your application form and your reference. You may be invited to interview.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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