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Education, Globalisation and Social Change MA

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £5,950
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,630

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Course type



School of Education

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This brand new Masters invites you to study education in a global context, understanding the impact of globalisation on the world’s citizens and exploring the resulting cultural diversity, multiculturalism and economic benefits.

  • Unique in the North West, this new programme focuses 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

The programme focuses on education in the historical, political and economic context of the nation state.

I had my beliefs about how to think of ‘culture’ challenged and it has changed, in a very fundamental way, how I see and understand the contemporary world.

International Intensive Programme student

Introduction to the School

In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.

  This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

All of our professional Masters programmes for educators are designed to make study relevant to your professional requirements. We provide space and support for professional study that will impact on learning and leadership outcomes.

While developing an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research, our programmes offer a wide scope for you to relate your learning to your own professional practice or areas of specific interest.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This new Masters programme examines the role of education in particular its role in shaping societal attitudes and individual experiences.

It focuses 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.

The programme exploreseducation in the historical, political and economic context of the nation state, to understand the impact of different educational systems on individual life chances, social equality and inclusion. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to study key global issues within an education context.

Programme outline and structure

Available to study on a full or a part time basis, this course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops as well as 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.

Work experience is fully integrated into the programme, both as a means of understanding more about different societies and to enable you to identify your own interests and develop your career.

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.

The course is based in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, at the IM Marsh Campus, about four miles from the city centre. The campus is known for its friendliness and strong sense of community.

As an LJMU student, however, you will also have access to our city centre libraries and learning resources.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Education, Society and Culture (core)
    Critically reviews the inter-relationship between education, society and culture across a variety of educational contexts
  • Research Methods (core)
    Encourages students to identify and critically evaluate appropriate research methodologies and methods for their own research
  • Education and Globalisation (core)
    Provides students with a critical understanding of the process of globalisation and its impact on education and social justice
  • Competing Philosophies of Education (core)
    Introduces students to important debates and traditions within the philosophy of education as a discipline and how these relate to on-going issues in globalisation and social change

  • Educational governance; politics, power and education (core)
    Provides a critical perspective of different systems of educational governance within the context of political, cultural, social and economic influences. It examines the sources and use of power within educational settings
  • Adult and Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (optional)*
    Enables students to critically analyse a range of approaches to adult and continuing education and lifelong learning and to 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 (optional)*
    Enables students to critically explore the diversity of approaches taken to organising and providing education across Europe and beyond, this is achieved through both academic study and practical experience.

  • Global Issues, Childhood and Education (optional)* 
    Allows students to critically examine contemporary global issues affecting children and their families drawing on key debates in education and care
  • Dissertation (core)
    Provides the opportunity for students to design and carry out a project on a topic in the area of education and globalisation


Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.


How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used to develop academic and employment-related skills.

Constructive feedback on your work will enable you to advance in your studies, identifying both your strengths and areas needing further attention.
You will be assessed via coursework, independent research and presentations and will be allocated an individual supervisor to support your dissertation research work.

Staff research interests

Our academic staff actively research across a wide range of subjects.

The programme's multidisciplinary teaching team draw on a range of academic and professional disciplines including education, social policy and health. They have extensive international academic experience as lecturers and researchers, having taught in international universities, delivered intensive programmes to international students, hosted exchange students and worked collaboratively with international colleagues on a range of activities and projects at LJMU.

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant subject, for example Education, Social Policy, Health or International Studies. A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is also required.

International students will need equivalent qualifications and an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.


6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Fees and Funding

LJMU is still finalising the range of scholarships and bursaries available to students joining the University for the 2015 / 2016 academic year. Full details will be published here as soon as they become available.

To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to:

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.


Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: 



LJMU Scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

    Graduate employment

    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. They may work as project managers, project officers or policy makers, or they may choose to continue their studies to PhD level.

    The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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