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Manchester Metropolitan University

Education Studies

Explore the contested nature of education by considering ideas from the philosophy, sociology, politics and history of education to develop a deeper understanding of the role of education in society.

Our masters course challenges you to think more critically about education.

You'll consider the nature and role of education in global times, its relation to society and whether it can promote social justice and engagement.

Some of the topics you might critically analyse include place-based education; education and the global economy and gender and race inequality in education.

You'll study three core units and two option units. The option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you're passionate about.

You might choose to study the Practice Based Project, where you'll have the opportunity to explore and reflect on practice in an educational setting (from museums to schools) to enhance your own expertise. You could investigate topics such as disability and difference in education and how educational practice could be more inclusive and socially just.

Or if you are interested in childhood and youth, you might conduct a critical analysis of an area of equality and empowerment related to children, professionals or families.

Your final assignment is a dissertation where you'll choose the topic. Past dissertation topics have included conducting arts-based henna workshops with young girls to help them become more empowered, an auto-ethnographic study exploring the complexities of language and identity, and the use of ICT in private preschools in Malaysia.

Entry requirements

MA: Standard Manchester Met admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,560 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MA Full-time £ 3,780 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 3 Years
MA Part-time £ 13,050 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MA Part-time £ 6,525 (Academic year) International 2 3 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 1 Years

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