MA Education Globalisation and Social Change

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £6,900
Home (per credit): £38.35
International (full-time, per year): £13,950

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About this course

LJMU's MA in Education, Globalisation and Social Change considers education in a global context, exploring cultural diversity, multiculturalism and economic factors.

  • Enrol on a programme unique in the North West
  • Focus on education in a local, national and global context as a catalyst for change
  • Study key, contemporary issues and enhance your learning with an international work placement
  • Learn from research-active staff who have extensive experience of international education and publish widely
  • Undertake research in an area of particular interest to you, supported by inspirational, multi-disciplinary staff

Through this Masters programme you will be able to explore the role of education, in particular its role in shaping societal attitudes and individual experiences. The programme has a specific focus on education in its broadest sense and will appeal to policy makers, educational practitioners and researchers, looking to enhance service delivery.

The programme examines the role of education in shaping societal attitudes and individual experiences. It has a specific focus on education in its broadest sense and will appeal to policy makers, educational practitioners and researchers, looking to enhance service delivery.


Globalisation is studied in the context of education, in particular the opportunities and benefits created for some countries and individuals, alongside contemporary issues and challenges.

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 use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • 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.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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 unique programme equips graduates with a range of transferable skills, opening up extensive employment opportunities in a range of sectors.

The critical skills developed on this programme may allow graduates to go on to work for NGOs, governmental organisations, in the voluntary or private sector or across a wide range of educational areas. You may work as a Project Manager, Project Officer or Policy Maker, or you may choose to continue your studies to PhD level.

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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

Research Methods
20 credits

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

Education and Globalisation
20 credits

The course aims to:

  • provide you with a critical understanding of the process of globalisation
  • help you critically reflect on the impact of globalisation on education and social justice

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.

Educational Governance (Politics, Power & Education)
20 credits

This module introduces you to different systems of educational governance within the context of political, cultural, social and economic influences. It will also examine the sources and use of power within educational settings.The module aims to:

  • provide a critical perspective of different systems of educational governance

60 credits

This module aims to provide an opportunity for you to integrate the skills, facts, theory and practice that have been learnt in previous modules. You will design and carry out a project that examines a negotiated topic that includes elements of education and globalisation as fields of study.

Optional Modules

Adult and Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning
20 credits

The course aims to enable you to:

  • critically analyse a range of approaches to adult and continuing education and lifelong learning
  • develop a critical understanding of the impact of cultural contexts in shaping the form and content of adult and continuing education

International Practice of Education
20 credits

This module will enable you to critically explore the diversity of approaches taken to organising and providing education across Europe and beyond. This will be achieved through both academic study and practical experience.

Global Issues, Childhoods and Education
20 credits

The module is designed to engage you in a critical analysis of contemporary global issues affecting children and their families, drawing on key debates in education and care.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time students attend university for teaching from 4pm onwards on two evenings a week, actual days TBC. Off site visits can take place on occasional Saturdays.

Teaching methods

You will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops as well as through online materials.

As with any Masters course, there is a strong emphasis on independent learning. A particular feature of this course is the opportunity to enhance your knowledge with an overseas work placement.

From the moment you join the course you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Other support is available via our Student Support Zones and libraries, which stay open in the evenings and at weekends during term time.

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Applied learning

Work experience is fully integrated into the programme, both as a means of understanding more about different societies and enabling you to identify your own interests and develop your career. You will have the opportunity to take an overseas work placement.


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 programme include: coursework, independent research and presentations. You will be allocated an individual Supervisor to support your dissertation research work.

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Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Susan Kay-Flowers

Susan Kay-Flowers

Programme Leader

Sue Kay-Flowers has worked in higher education for 16 years and been based at LJMU since 2012, teaching on Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate programmes. Having co-ordinated delivery of an Erasmus Intensive Programme on Globalisation, Conflict and Learning Societies to students from four universities (in Denmark, Finland, Estonia and England) at LJMU, she led the development of the MA Education, Globalisation and Social Change programme which has been running since 2016. Her research interest is in Children, Young People and Relationships building on her previous professional career as a Social Worker. She is particularly interested in participatory research methods and children’s voice, her recent works focus on childhood experience of parental separation, and attitudes towards sex and relationship education (a project undertaken in collaboration with a Romanian academic). She is currently supervising a study on changes to assessment in the education system in Nepal. 

I enjoy working with students, debating, discussing and critiquing contemporary debates in this subject area and leading a dynamic and innovative team in the programme’s delivery. The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing students develop their own abilities and skills so they are able to conduct research in an area of particular interest to them – and then seeing them graduate, of course.

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 and an on-site library.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum a 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant subject, for example Education, Social Policy, Health or International Studies
  • a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB)

Additional information:

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 6.5 (Minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (Minimum 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

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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.

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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