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The University of Edinburgh: Comparative Education and International Development

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Moray House School of Education and Sport
Telephone 0131 650 4360
Study type Taught


The MSc Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) programme provides you with both:

  • an academic foundation in the theories, issues, and current debates in comparative education and international development

  • the flexibility to follow your professional interests through a wide range of option courses

Exposure to experts across the university and practitioners in the field will allow you to further your networks and consider a multitude of post-graduation possibilities.

You may find the MSc CEID is a suitable qualification if you are interested in:

  • research

  • higher education internationalisation offices

  • civil society and non-governmental organisations

  • international organisations

  • public sector

In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for those that want to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.

In the programme, we adopt a social justice perspective. Our expert faculty share cross-national and cross-cultural examples from around the world to help you understand how the global and local shape education policy, and the role education plays in various aspects of development, including health, peacebuilding, and citizenship.

At the end of this programme, you will have a more critical understanding of the policies, politics, histories, ideas and cultural practices that influence education.

The programme also builds on the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s desires to be responsible international actors. It takes advantage of Edinburgh as a capital city by connecting with the Scottish Parliament and local organisations in the CEID field.

The capstone approach to the dissertation allows you to apply to complete placement-based dissertations with local, regional, or global organisations.

As a student in the MSc CEID Programme, you have the opportunity to participate in the dynamic CEID Community based at the Moray House School of Education and Sport. Beyond the MSc CEID programme, you benefit from:

  • access to the CEID Research Group which brings together over 50 researchers across the university to learn from and share their research in the CEID field

  • the ability to join the CEID Student Society – one of the few student-run societies focused on the graduate student experience, holding regular social, academic, and networking events


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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