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MA Adult Literacy and Learning for Global Change

Course Description


This Master’s is designed for those working in adult education and basic literacy – whether in policy, planning and evaluation roles or as teachers, NGO activists and literacy facilitators. Whilst many of our students will be working in countries of the global South, in Asia, Africa and South America, the course is also appropriate for those in the UK, US or Europe who are interested in developing a new perspective on their work. If you have a real interest in the field of adult literacy and lifelong learning, even if you have not had much first-hand experience, we can consider your application.


You will follow a core programme introducing the changing theoretical understanding and policy approaches in the areas of adult literacy, international development and lifelong learning. In parallel, you will choose specialist topics relevant to your own needs and interests through designing your own individual research project. You will receive one-to-one supervision for this element of the course.


The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK's leading centres for research and teaching in education, offering a distinctive range of programmes at Postgraduate level. The School is nationally and internationally recognised for its work in educational innovation and social change, literacy and development and mathematics education. Where possible, colleagues from the UEA Literacy and Development Group also contribute to MA sessions.


A high proportion of Masters graduates from this course go on to occupy senior posts in schools, universities and ministries all over the world. This course therefore provides an excellent base for a career in adult literacy and development, with non-governmental organisations, international development agencies or national Governments.

Visit the MA Adult Literacy and Learning for Global Change page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Elena Tsangaridi

“I feel that the MA course helped me to see the world differently! Before that I didn’t know much about the developing world and their educational systems but now I feel more confident to start searching more and more things about these educational programmes. It helped me also to understand in some points the educational system here in Cyprus, especially for adults and why all these programmes such as night schools or teaching adult foreigners the Greek language is important. It helped me to see another part of my country, like immigrants for example, from a different glance!”

(Student Profile)

Saffiatou Savage-Sidibeh

Saffiatou Savage-Sidibeh has now returned to Gambia, where she works as the Principal Education Officer and Head of the Government’s Non-formal Education Unit, of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education:

“On my return home to the Gambia, I was almost immediately engaged as a member of a taskforce for the development of the African Gender Development Index (AGDI) 2011, Gambian version. My attainment of the Master’s degree has greatly boosted my morale and built my confidence to face challenges and perform assignments effectively. The course indeed built my capacity in asking questions, in critically analysing statements based on evidence/facts and in making concrete judgments.”

(Student Profile)

Arundhati Mukherjee

"The School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA is committed to developing educational researchers who produce innovative research in different fields of education."


School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a minimum 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Educational Studies or Social Science. Relevant teaching experience desirable.

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