Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

On this programme we explore the links between education and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context. By 'education' we mean all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education. We ask the key question: Is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? In other words, does education change the world or maintain the current system? For example, can it alleviate the effects of poverty or does it increase existing inequalities? Key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn are developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory. You will also take a course on research methodologies, which will provide you with the tools to undertake an original piece of research into an aspect of education that fascinates you. The programme will deepen your awareness of how education shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of the world and may contribute to your professional development. In previous years, some students have used the qualification to take their careers in new directions, while others have used the programme to deepen their thinking about their current practice.

Course Modules

Core modules: Education, globalisation and change; education, power and resistances; researching education. Option modules (choose 2): 'Race', racism, postcoloniality; culture, community, identity; development studies: Theoretical approaches; Lacanian psychoanalysis: Theory and practice; sexing the body: Psychoanalytic and other framings; visual culture: Power and the image.

Course Additional Entry

Good 1st degree or other relevant qualifications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
Short Course
Full Time
PgCert £2,650  Whole course. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £4,575  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgDip £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
PgDip £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees