• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

      1 evening a week part-time or 2 evenings a week full-time, with some Saturday workshops on research methodology.

      Presentations of students' research take place throughout the year. Students are also invited to a range of public lectures and seminars that are relevant to the programme. Attendance is not compulsory but encouraged.

    • Location:

      Central London

      Programme overview

      On this Master’s degree we explore the links between education and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context. By 'education', we mean all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education. We ask the key question: is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? In other words, does education change the world or maintain the current system? For example, can it alleviate the effects of poverty or does it increase existing inequalities? Key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn are developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory. We take an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about education, drawing on the arts and humanities as well as well as the more conventional respresentations of education in social science. The programme offers those with an interest in, or concern about, education the opportunity to explore relevant theories, to develop research skills in social science and to apply these to education practices.

      The degree will appeal to those interested in developing and extending their knowledge and understanding of education and social change. In addition to the core modules, you can choose from a range of option modules in order to tailor a programme to suit your developing interests. You will also take a course on research methodologies, which will provide you with the tools to undertake an original piece of research into an aspect of education that fascinates you.

      The programme will deepen your awareness of how education shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of the world and may contribute to your professional development. In previous years, some students have used the qualification to take their careers in new directions, while others have used the programme to deepen their thinking about their current practice. It is flexibly designed with a range of option modules, and a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate are also available.

      How to apply

      Application deadlines and interviews

      Interviews throughout the year.

      Early applications are recommended, but later applications are also considered.

      Online application

      Education, Power and Social Change (MSc) (Part-time)

      Education, Power and Social Change (MSc) (Full-time)

      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      • A high-quality, postgraduate-level qualification for those involved, or wishing to be involved, in the interdisciplinary field of education.
      • A range of option modules allows you to select pathways relevant to your professional and personal needs and interests.
      • You will have the opportunity to develop either a dissertation or an action research project.
      • The Department of Psychosocial Studies has a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this programme to undertake an optional module at the University as part of their programme of study at Birkbeck.
      • As well as having access to the library and the wide range of public events and seminars run by Birkbeck, you will have access to the events run by the Birkbeck Centre for Social Transformation and Research in Higher Education and the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research.
      • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

      Course structure

      You take 2 core modules and choose 2 option modules. You also undertake an Independent Research Module, to support you in choosing, developing and undertaking a piece of independent research (qualitative empirical or theoretical).

      Core modules

      Indicative option modules

      Independent research module

      Entry requirements

      Good first degree or other relevant qualifications.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Fees

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 7600 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 14200 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates go on to careers in teaching and training, youth work, education policy, or in community and voluntary sector organisations.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in the Department of Psychosocial Studies.

      Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.

      Teaching and assessment

      Teaching

      Seminars, discussions, expert guest speakers, student presentations and case studies. This is supplemented by tutorials and study skills support.

      Assessment

      A range of methods, including essays, presentations and case studies and, for the final core module, Researching Education, a dissertation or an action research project.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

      Further study opportunities

      We also offer an MPhil/PhD Psychosocial Studies and an MPhil/PhD Education/Lifelong Learning, which can then lead into a career in academia or in social research.