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Education, Policy and Society (MSc)


Course Description

As education becomes increasingly globalised, schools and education systems around the world are being shaped and reshaped by what are often a common set of global education policies and ideologies. The aim of the MSc in Education, Policy & Society is to help students develop their ability to critically analyse these dominant educational ideologies, policies and practices; to understand the forces that are driving them, their shortcomings and likely outcomes; and most importantly, to discover and engage with alternative models of education, training, teaching and learning, at the early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and in nonformal and informal contexts outside the formal education system.

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society is designed for all students wanting to develop their capacity to critically analyse educational practice, policy and ideology, to develop a more clear “big picture” understanding of the broader structures and forces that are affecting schools, universities and education systems today, and to find out about and deepen their understanding of alternative ways of thinking about and doing education. This may include those who have recently completed undergraduate courses of study as well as individuals currently working as practitioners, whether in schools, colleges or universities, youth or community groups, international development organisations, workforce and skills development programmes, or in different levels of government.

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society has been designed to be of value and relevance to students both from the UK and overseas.

The MSc in Education, Policy & Society is organised around a sequence of three 20-credit specialist modules in education, two 30-credit modules in social science theory and research methods, and one 60-credit supervised dissertation on an educational topic of your choice.

Visit the Education, Policy and Society (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Glynne Williams (Social Sciences)

"When I decided to do a PhD my priority was to work with a supervisor whose work I knew and respected. Cardiff is a world class centre for the social sciences and is getting better all the time. The growth of the School means that many leading figures' names I only knew from their literature are now based here. Studying here was certainly the best decision I've made."

(Student Profile)

Mike Harper (Education)

I recently retired from working in the Welsh Assembly Government’s Education Department and felt I could bring my experience to postgraduate research. I also felt that a PhD could offer me an opportunity to develop new interests and open up the possibility of a new career in research post-retirement. I am funded by a studentship sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government through the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Teaching and Learning Research Programme.

(Student Profile)

Pamela Robinson (Labour Governance Structures)

My decision to come and study in Cardiff was based on the knowledge and expertise of research teaching staff at this School, which most definitely stood out from other universities I had considered. To initiate a PhD research project is a huge undertaking, and I was able to benefit from the academic
insight, support and commitment from staff here, making it possible for me to develop the ideas and concepts explored in my Masters thesis, the Corporate Social Responsibility of UK Supermarkets, into the study I am engaged in today. My first
fieldwork study on banana plantations in Costa Rica was immensely rewarding and I returned with huge amounts of data, an incredible experience which my supervisors helped orchestrate. My studies here have influenced the way I see my career developing and I very much hope to be able to continue researching labour inequalities in global supply chains in the future.


(Scholarship)

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000

Eligibility

Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships



Entry Requirements

A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience (normally 2 years experience is required) that they have the ability to undertake the course.This course is particularly suitable for professionals and others seeking advanced level study of education. A background in education or social sciences is desirable. Credit exemption may be given against accredited prior learning, prior professional experience and professional development, including NPQH/NPQSL.

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