1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program


Gain an in-depth understanding of education as a field of study, and the connections between education and other social institutions that play a role in tackling complex education problems.

Through modules that include comparative and international perspectives, you will study experiences from the UK and across the world and explore the complex issues facing teachers, education leaders and decision makers in an increasingly globalised context.

The MSc Education allows you to explore the practical areas of curricular design, planning for teaching and learning in a rapidly changing world, the effects of globalisation on educational ideas and practices, and the future of education.

Working closely with classmates and academic staff, you will have the opportunity to explore these questions and to benefit from interdisciplinary perspectives, including education, sociology and psychology. You’ll be challenged to evaluate and formulate recommendations for educational practices and organisation, and to design innovative interventions that will empower learners by improving the quality and relevance of their education.

Admission requirements

Applicants should normally hold a minimum 2:2 degree in a relevant subject area or have appropriate professional experience.

The course is directed to recent graduates, from those who have no or little professional experience of education-related work,and to mid-career professionals engaged in teaching, the delivery of other education-related activities, the administration of educational institutions or the analysis of education practices. It will enable you to develop your knowledge of teaching and learning and your capacity to understand and conduct research in education contexts.

This program is suitable for graduates with a background in social sciences or humanities. Those with a background in other areas and more than 3 years of teaching, educational administration/planning, educational research or related experience may be considered for admission into the program.

Information for international students:

Additional information regarding admission requirements into this program for international students can be obtained from the program admissions team.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other subskills

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • Research Design For Masters Students
  • Scholarship in the Social Sciences
  • Comparative approaches to understanding curriculum
  • Psychology and Planning for Teaching and Learning
  • Global Futures in Education
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK: £8,200 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,200 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of core theories and concepts related to education policy, organisation and practice
  • Analyse and situate local and national education practices and policies within their broader global and historical contexts
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of methodological and ethical considerations relevant to undertaking research on education issues

Intellectual Skills:

On completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Systematically identify complex connections between aspects of education theory and policy and practice (in education and related areas)
  • Critically evaluate existing research and scholarship on education issues, and make informed judgements between competing claims and theoretical perspectives
  • Describe and critically reflect upon policy and practice relating to complex educational issues, and upon the connection between education and other social institutions
  • Effectively collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret various forms of complex data –including in the form of a project dissertation

Professional Practical Skills:

On completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Articulate original solutions to tackle both familiar and unfamiliar problems, to enhance education policy and practice
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of evidence-based approaches to the design, implementation and evaluation of education interventions

Transferable/Key Skills:

On completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Communicate (in writing and orally) research findings clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences, work in an international context, problem solving, time management, ICT and individual and teamwork skills
  • Evaluate your own work and be self-critical

Continuing studies

Graduates of this program may work in education-related areas within formal or non-formal education organisations, in government departments and regulators, in non-governmental organisations including foundations and think-tanks working, in charities, the media or as social entrepreneurs in the area of education.

Career paths

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating. Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important aspects of all our degree schemes and help prepare our graduates for life after higher education.

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Cardiff University

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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