This programme provides the broad preparation needed for work in education policy. The teaching methods emphasise dealing with applied issues and facilitate your development as a critical thinker through engaging with real life issues.
Why this programme
-This interdisciplinary programme draws on sociology, political science and economics to provide rigorous and broad grounding in theory for studying education as a vital component of public policy. -You will explore how equity in education influences equity in society and vice versa. Educational disadvantage and inequity do not exist in isolation from other forms of disadvantage. Therefore the programme critically analyses the ability of education policy to influence wider social issues. -The programme places joint emphasis on qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, which are reinforced through application to real policy issues under the guidance of experienced tutors. -You will be taught by an international and interdisciplinary team of academics, who combine subject expertise with practical experience in education and public policy. The programme's applied focus is reinforced and explored through external speakers and a study trip. -The teaching and assessment methods emphasise working critically with complex arguments. This will prepare you for the normative judgements required by decision makers once the limits of positive analysis have been reached.
You will take 5 core and 1 optional course, as well as complete a dissertation on a chosen topic.
Core courses -Education and public policy -Educational policy making in action -Equity, social justice and change -International and comparative education -Practitioner enquiry and decision-making A
Optional courses -Economics for education and public policy -Education and international development -Higher education as a field of research, policy and practice -Leadership in implementing education policy -Modern education thought
Graduates from this MSc are equipped for careers as analysts, consultants, administrators, policy makers and leaders in the governance of education, whether in local, regional or national governments, international organisations, NGOs or large scale education providers, such as school chains or private sector education firms.
Education is increasingly seen as part of a broader spectrum of public policy issues relating to health, social policy and the economy. Furthermore, it is expected to achieve an ever wider range of objectives and policy discourse on education is increasingly international in scope. Therefore, working with education policy requires individuals with a broad skillset and an international outlook.