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Education, Policy & Society MA



Education, Policy and Society is an interdisciplinary programme drawing on sociology, political science, economics and history to address the challenges of education policy and provision. Study educational policy and processes in relation to issues of race, social class, gender and changes such as globalisation and new managerialism.

Key benefits

  • Cutting edge policy analysis drawing on contemporary research.

  • Interdisciplinary and critical approach towards contemporary policy provision.

  • Explores models and approaches in policy analysis as well as skills and approaches in undertaking critical policy analysis.

  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Tania De St Croix

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Postgraduate Taught Programmes Officer Department for Education & Professional Studies
Tel +44 (0) 20 7848 3168

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Education and Professional Studies


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

A 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Lower undergraduate grades will be considered in certain circumstances, for example if the applicant has a PGCE with master's level credits. It is recommended that applicants have some relevant professional experience, either in teaching or in other educational practice such as policy. However, applications from candidates who do not have any experience but who do have relevant academic qualifications will be considered.

Application procedure

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. The majority of UK-based applicants are called for interview. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please give your reasons for choice of programme, choosing King's and for wishing to study at MA level together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This programme forms part of our department's successful modular MA education programme which has been running for over a decade. An interdisciplinary programme, it draws on sociology, political science, economics, history and contemporary policy- making to address the challenge of education policy and provision. You will consider educational policy and process in relation to issues of race, social class, gender as well as changes such as globalisation and new managerialism. It also provides an opportunity for policy text analysis and comparative policy study.

Feedback from current students on the programme:

“The lecturers were excellent – authoritative and enthusiastic."
“Great mix of lecture, discussion and group activity; very conducive to learning and stimulating interest.”
"I really love the contemporary nature of the course.”

Course purpose

For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.

Further literature

Departmental leaflet.

Course format and assessment

In order to gain the MA in Education, Policy and Society, students must complete and pass four taught modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are no examinations - all modules are assessed by written work.

The programme may be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part time). A serving teacher would normally complete the MA on a part time basis and complete one module in each of the autumn and spring terms in year 1, and two further taught modules and the dissertation in year 2.

The sessions for each module normally take place on one evening each week from 5.30 - 7.30pm at the Waterloo Campus. Some modules involve two face-to-face sessions on Saturdays and 10 online sessions.

Students who have gained 60 master's level credits as part of their PGCE can normally transfer these in, and would then only have to complete two 30 credit taught modules instead of four, plus the dissertation. Please note that the period between first registration on the previous programme of study and the date of the College award will not normally exceed ten years. For example, if you are intending to start the MA as a part time student in September 2015 and you would like to transfer in master’s level credits from your PGCE, you must have started your PGCE in 2007 or later.

Incoming students can find the timetable, key contacts, recommended reading and enrolment information via the departmental Welcome to King's pages.


Career prospects

Career enhancement and promotion; further study; post with various NGOs etc.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,900 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£14,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,450 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£7,125 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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