St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The programme seeks to promote critical modes of thinking and is concerned with understanding the relationship between children and young people’s learning environments as it relates to wider societal and cultural concerns. It is broad in its theoretical scope and, by drawing on cross'cultural perspectives, students are able to critically reflect on their own practices and working contexts. This programme has been specially designed for professionals working with children and young people in a wide range of settings and focuses on issues of social justice, fairness, equality of opportunity and developing sensitivity towards, and understanding of, the needs of children, young people and learners from across the social spectrum.

Course Modules

Modules include: learning difficulties (cross'cultural comparisons); literacy, class and culture; gender (theory and practice in context); leadership in context; international perspectives on early childhood (UK and Northern European contexts).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £4,100 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • At least a 2nd Class Honours degree from a recognised UK/overseas university. The degree should have an education or social science (e.g. sociology, education studies, psychology) component to ensure some working knowledge of the field. Applicants who do not have an Honours degree will have to have appropriate professional experience working combined with evidence of capacity to study at Master’s level. Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS test of English language proficiency (or equivalent). This must include a score of at least 6.0 in each component.