Education and Social Justice (by Distance Learning)


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Part time 2 years


Why Lancaster?

  • Explore the intersection between social justice and education, and become an advocate for change to policy and practice where you are based
  • Fit your learning around your current commitments and complete this course entirely online from anywhere in the world
  • Gain research experience while boosting your knowledge of the social justice theories underpinning this vital area
  • Become part of a global community of students with unique perspectives and interests
  • Learn from an expert team with a very wide range of specialist knowledge, including international development, social class, gender identities, and disability
  • Focus on experiences of inequality in different groups or explore national and international policies related to social justice issues

What can we do to promote social justice? How do education systems influence inequalities? Could you develop a research-led policy in your own institution? Join this online MA to gain expertise in these pivotal questions and become part of our vibrant research community.

Learn anywhere in the world

Experience the flexibility of studying around your current commitments or role and apply what you learn to the challenges you face. Our online MA Education and Social Justice will be a good match for you if you want to explore social justice, inequalities in education, and disruptive approaches to policy and practice.

You’ll learn from a team of influential, research-active tutors. Their diverse expertise is wide-reaching and covers areas such as gender, migration and development, globalisation, social class, disability, and digitally-mediated environments.

You’ll study alongside other education professionals and benefit from the group’s diverse knowledge and experience.

Research that makes an impact

Becoming confident in carrying out your own research is central to this course. We’ll introduce you to issues in social justice research, including inclusive and participatory methods, and provide opportunities to work with an expert supervisor. By the time you develop your dissertation, you’ll have extensive experience of collecting data and evaluating findings.

Past students have researched a variety of specialist topics relating to their own personal or professional interests. These have included gender disparities in schooling, the use of trauma-informed practices for inclusion, and the learning experiences for speakers of English as a second language.



Previous students include teachers, social workers and policymakers. However, you might work in other areas of education, charities or NGOs. Some of our graduates have used the qualification to change career direction, secure a job promotion or conduct further research.

If you decide to continue to doctoral studies, our PhD in Education and Social Justice is the perfect next step and also runs entirely online.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject. We will also consider applications on an individual basis where you have a 2:2 or equivalent result and/or extensive relevant experience. In these cases, you should clearly demonstrate how your experience and skills have prepared you for relevant discussions and assessments during postgraduate study.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application. English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing elements and a minimum of 5.5 in the speaking and listening elements of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.


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Fees and funding

 Part Time  
Home £5,625
International    £11,875

General fees and funding information

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Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

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