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MA in Education, Culture and Society

Course Description

Why study Education, Culture and Society?

This programme provides students with the opportunity to study in a stimulating research-focused environment, where they are encouraged to think critically about the relationship between children and young people’s learning environments, and how it relates to wider societal and cultural concerns.

The course is broad in its theoretical scope and, by drawing on cross-cultural perspectives, students are able to critically reflect on their own practices and working contexts.

Education, Culture and Society has been specially designed for professionals working with children and young people in a wide range of settings and focuses on issues of social justice, fairness, equality of opportunity and developing sensitivity towards - and understanding of - the needs of children, young people and learners from across the social spectrum.

Why St Mary's?

• It is broad in its theoretical scope and its emphasis on cross-cultural contexts, making it suitable for a wide range of professionals who work with children and young people in both school and out-of-school settings.
• The modules are taught by staff who have published widely in their respective fields.
• It places at the centre of its concerns a commitment to diversity, inclusion and the promotion of social justice.
• Students will be encouraged to link theory to practice and, through critical reflection, will be able to consider how the acquisition of new knowledge and understanding of key theoretical concepts can inform their future work.
• Formative assessment is a key feature of the programme and is used to support students’ learning. This takes the form of written and oral feedback by the course tutors, through peer review in workshops and via online discussion fora where appropriate.

What You Will Study

Full information about modules on this course can be found on the St Mary’s website:

Mode of Study:

• Full-time (One year)
• Part-time (Two years)

Also Available As:

• Postgraduate Diploma
• Postgraduate Certificate

How To Apply


Financial Information


Visit the MA in Education, Culture and Society page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry on this course, students are expected to have at least a second class honours degree from a recognised UK/overseas University. The degree should have an Education or Social Science component (e.g. sociology, education studies, psychology) If you do not have an honours degree you will have to have appropriate professional experience working combined with evidence of capacity to study at Master’s level.Non-native speakers of English must achieve a score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS test of English language proficiency (or equivalent). This must include a score of at least 6 in each component.

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