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Masters in Education and Social Justice


Online distance learning programme

The MA in Education and Social Justice (by coursework and dissertation) is currently offered as a part-time structured Masters programme that is undertaken entirely online.

Length of programme: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Mode of delivery: 100% online with no campus-based teaching.  However, it is possible to be supervised through face-to-face on-campus meetings, if you prefer this.


It provides a well-defined and supported route to an MA for people around the world. The programme is designed so that participants can study entirely from home and whilst in full- or part-time employment.  The course structure provides flexibility for different lifestyles and affords participants the opportunity to work around their own schedules. This MA appeals to teachers, social workers, policy-makers, and those working in a variety of career areas in education focussed institutions. It is also suitable for recent/ not so recent graduates with an academic interest in education and social justice issues, and for those who would like to develop skills and expertise to pursue a career in this area, including an academic research career. The course will equip students with the requisite skills for further study and successful completion with a Merit or Distinction will lead to an automatic offer of a place on our highly successful PhD programme in Education and Social Justice. As a department we provide a distinctive supported progression route to doctoral level in this exciting and important subject area. We offer a unique opportunity to engage with students living across a range of continents and countries, creating a rich and diverse learning environment.

Tutors are internationally renowned researchers/practitioners with a wealth of experience and knowledge on a range of education and social justice issues including gender, ethnicity, class, migration and globalisation.  We are based in one of the best Education Departments in the UK, in a University ranked in the top 200 world-wide and top 10 in the UK.  The Department has an established and excellent reputation for doctoral provision and has successfully specialised in the online delivery of postgraduate, research-oriented programmes for several years now.  The degree carries the same prestigious recognition as an on-campus delivered programme.

The MA in Education and Social Justice is a new addition to expand our provision of programmes and graduates who succeed witha Merit/Distrinction will be automatically offered a place on our online Doctoral Programme in Education and Social Justice.  The course has close links with the Department's Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.


What our students say:

Cohort 1 Participant (UK)

"This course has allowed me the flexibility to explore themes and ideas that I am interested in, with the help and support from passionate lecturers.  For me, I was initially a bit hesitant about not having the support network that you would find when attending a face-to-face course, but having tutors that wll communicate via Skype or email when required is great.  This means I can continue to work and support my family whilst studying something that, I hope, means one day I can make a difference."

Cohort 1 Participant (UK)

"A key factor in me identifying the right Education Masters programme was that there would be a connection between education policy and practice and their impact on society.  Another pre-requisite was that there would be a strong research focus.  I was delighted to see that this programme combines the two.  There is a growing, and welcome trend in favour of evidence-based approaches to educational policy, practice and publishing and one I am keen to be part of.  I was also impressed by the quality and range of the research of the programme staff.  I've found the step-by-step structure of the programme to be supportive in building confidence in theoretical knowledge and practice research knowhow before embarking on a full-scale piece of research.  I'm also enjoying the freedom to self-direct the focus of my research."