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MPhil in Education (Globalisation and International Development)

Course Description

The aims of the course are:

- to gain an in depth knowledge of the challenges faced by education systems across the world, as well as possibilities for change;
- focus in particular on the educational challenges and aspirations of the poorest countries of the world;
- engage with contemporary issues of globalisation and international development in the field of education in order to interrogate the latest theoretically-grounded and evidence-based research;
- critically investigate dominant paradigms of globalisation and international development, and engage with topical issues of relevance to educational policy and practice;
- develop research and career paths within the wider research culture of both the Faculty and the broader university.

Visit the website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpegd

Course detail

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Education, Globalisation and International Development' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.


- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.


Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Education (Globalisation and International Development) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.

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