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Comparative Education - MA

Course Description

The Comparative Education MA will enhance students' awareness of education systems, traditions and issues in a number of countries, helping them to understand the relationships between education and other social phenomena by introducing the concepts and skills students need for systematic comparison.

Degree information

This programme will help students to gain a rigorous multidisciplinary grounding in the comparative analysis of education and society, deepening their understanding of contemporary issues in education in many parts of the world.

Core modules
-Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
-Education and Development in Asia
-Education Traditions and Systems in Europe

Optional modules
-Doing and Using Educational Leadership and Management Research
-Education and international Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
-Education and Muslim Communities
-Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
-Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems
-Planning for Education and Development
-Policy, Research and Pedagogy in Adult Literacy

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face evening sessions. Attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules. It is assessed by coursework assignments of 5,000 words, and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report. If opted for the report an additional module is required.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as local and central government advisers, while others have jobs as charity managers. Graduates can also be found working as researchers and lecturers.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Secondary School Teacher (English), Vehbi Koc Foundation
-MPhil/PhD Comparative Education (Intergrated Route), Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
-PhD / Integrated MPhil with Research Methods Education Policy, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
-Adult English Teacher, Unspecified Education Provider and studying MA Study of Applied Linguistics, Korea University

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society is a multidisciplinary department at UCL Institute of Education bringing together a diverse community of researchers with expertise in the social sciences who have a common interest in exploring education in all its guises: formal, non-formal and informal.

The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, such as, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government departments, as well as with regional organisations, employer organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.

Visit the Comparative Education - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

Last Updated

10 October 2016

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