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Birkbeck, University of London: Education and Social Justice

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Psychosocial Studies
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


What are the effects of different social and political perspectives on the role of education? How does social exclusion arise?

This MSc in Education and Social Justice provides you with well-grounded theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of education and social justice, as well as the opportunity for a comprehensive and critical analysis of literature on education, globalisation, power and resistances.

You will assess how historical perspectives explain today's educational conditions and critically examine the extent to which globalisation affects educational development.

A significant part of the MSc involves conducting independent research in a field of education and social justice, where you will distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.


  • You can choose from a range of option modules in order to tailor the course to suit your developing interests or to select pathways relevant to your professional and personal needs and interests. You will also take a module on research methodologies, which will provide you with the tools to undertake an original piece of research into an aspect of education that interests you.

  • If you're not sure you're ready to do a Master's degree, you can choose to do either our Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

  • The Department of Psychosocial Studies was formed in 2000 to investigate a wide range of issues of contemporary personal, social and political concern. We have continued to work at the interface of theory and practice. We have a formal link with the University of São Paulo, Brazil. This link enables students on this degree course to undertake an option module at the university as part of their course of study at Birkbeck.

  • As well as having access to the library and the wide range of public events and seminars run by Birkbeck, you will have access to the events run by the Birkbeck Research Centre for Social Change and Transformation in Higher Education and the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research.


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Birkbeck, University of London



Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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