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MA in Education and Social Justice

The MA in Education and Social Justice (by coursework and dissertation) is offered as a part-time or full-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 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.

The course has close links with the Department's Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education.  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.  The degree carries the same prestigious recognition as an on-campus delivered programme.

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."