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MA Education Policy

Course Description


This programme will explore the key debates in national and international education policy. You will engage with a critical analysis of the different concepts underlying the evolving landscape of educational policy globally, such as new forms of funding and delivery, privatisation, evaluation and inspection.

Students will examine key education policies in the UK and other countries, with a particular focus on social justice, and consider the possibilities for more socially fair and democratic policy enactments. You will also explore a range of identities including, but not limited to, social class, gender and ‘race’/ethnicity, and how these aspects of identity shape the policy formation and enactment process in the UK and internationally.

This course has a particular focus on social justice within education, and allows participants to reflect on the varied and linked aspects of education in a contemporary domestic, and globalised, world. You will benefit from our relationships with international organisations and contacts such as UNESCO, which open up educational study and employment opportunities.

While providing an introduction to the key theories and concepts in the fields of education policy and social justice, this course will offer students an understanding of the established techniques of research and enquiry, and how these are used to create and interpret knowledge. With these skills, you will be well placed to be able to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship, in order to understand the basis of educational policy nationally and internationally.

You will develop the confidence and knowledge to become a professional practitioner, researcher or developer in the field of education policy. With the necessary skills and understanding for reflecting on your own and others’ practice, you will be able contribute to improving educational processes and outcomes. As such, the course is well-suited to current teachers and school leaders, professionals working in policy related areas, and national and international recent graduates.


Students will undertake a study of the recent history of Education policy, studying the key parliamentary acts from 1988 to the present time. Students will evaluate these policies in relation to social justice, looking critically at how inclusive or exclusive they have been, and from there consider the possibilities for more socially just policy enactment. Other modules will broaden this understanding, as students investigate global theoretical perspectives on education policy, and the different models and policy schemes in use, and the outcomes and implications of these policy choices in different contexts. Further, students will explore how discourses on teaching vary over time and across national contexts, and analyse the effects of education policies on the teaching profession, including looking at teachers’ contribution to social change.

Students can also explore the way in which policy is enacted and governance undertaken across the world. Particular modules will look at the new actors (philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, edu-businesses, community organisations, etc.) that have served as the driving force for recent political change, and study four conceptual principles underlying the concept of ‘network governance’.

Other modules will focus on developing your critical perspective on the political nature of education as well as offering chances to engage with new methods and tools to perform policy analysis. Especially, you will strengthen your ability to undertake and evaluate research, and you will be able to study a variety of theoretical concepts underlying social and educational research, carrying out a research project of your own.

Visit the MA Education Policy page on the University of Roehampton website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marlon Moncrieffe

471.jpg "The course has enabled me to pick out issues for debate; to form arguments; to understand different perspectives to the argument; to counter-argue; to develop skills in arbitration and to become a detailed researcher."
- Marlon Moncrieffe, former MA Education student


TDA funding for Masters programmes in the School of Education - 20+ Awards

Tuition fees for 2008/09 are normally £1,233 for 60 credits. Teachers who successfully apply for TDA funding for a 60-credit Postgraduate Certificate can claim up to £800 towards their fees, thereby reducing the cost to £433. Teachers who hold a degree or PGCE from Roehampton are entitled to a further 10 per cent reduction on this figure, meaning that the overall cost for three modules would be £390.Funded study must relate to one or more of the following areas:subject knowledge
special and inclusive education
working with other professionals
school leadership
school/local priorities.The School of Education’s postgraduate scheme at Roehampton University features a diverse range of areas such as Education Leadership and Management; Special and Inclusive Education; and Theory and Practice of Mentoring; as well as individual curriculum areas such as Art, Craft and Design; ICT and Multimedia; and Physical Education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £800


Teachers with QTS and who are resident in England are eligible to apply to Roehampton for funding to undertake their masters-level study. Significant levels of funding recently made available by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) are aimed at supporting teachers who commit to 60 credits of masters-level study during an academic year. Funding is available to teachers of pupils and students of all age groups, from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stages 1 to 4 and post-16 education.

Application Procedure

Contact details
For further information please contact Elaine Hilides (email: [email protected], tel: 020 8392 3382).

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You are usually expected to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad. Advice on recognition may be obtained from the Admissions Manager. Non-graduates with appropriate professional or other qualifications may be accepted on an individual basis by course conveners. The level of English required is ACADEMIC IELTS at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. See further details at View Website

Course Fees

£5,916 (2017; full-time UK/EU) (£329 per ten credits); £13,520 (2017; full-time International) (£752 per ten credits)

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