Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Education, Power and Social Change

Is education a force for reproduction or transformation in the world? Does education change the world or maintain the current system - for example, can it alleviate the effects of poverty or does it increase existing inequalities? These are just some of the questions we consider in this Master's degree, where we explore the links between education (all forms of informal and formal learning, across all age ranges, including adult, higher and professional education), and social and political movements, and develop understandings of how 'education' as a contested field should be viewed within a globalised and postcolonial context. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about education, we draw on the arts and humanities as well as the more conventional representations of education in social science. We explore key debates on what is the role of education and how people learn, developed from a range of viewpoints, including critical theory. This degree will appeal to you if you are interested in developing and extending your knowledge and understanding of education and social change. Studying this course may also contribute to your professional development. In previous years, some students have used the qualification to take their careers in new directions, while others have used the programme to deepen their thinking about their current practice.

Entry requirements

MSc: Good first degree or other relevant qualifications. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Good 1st degree or other relevant qualifications.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A range of methods, including essays, presentations and case studies. MSc: A range of methods, including essays, presentations and case studies and, for the Independent Research Module, a dissertation or an action research project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 15 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 15 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Whole course (International) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (EU) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Wales) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (England) 9 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

Get in touch

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738045