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Education, Globalisation and International Development

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A course for people who are passionate about connecting education to social justice issues

Key Facts
Route Co-ordinator: Dr Ricardo Sabates
Full Time enrolled 18-19: 40
Open to:  Full Time only % Home: 23%
Deadline: 28/02/2019 % International: 77%
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Why choose us?

  • Benefit from teaching by internationally renowned Faculty staff who are actively involved in cutting edge research and policy advice
  • Closely engage with the work of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning centre (REAL)
  • Join a select group of around 40 students per year
  • Experience a teaching approach that promotes active, participatory, inclusive and research-oriented pedagogy
  • Enjoy personalised support and mentoring through one to one supervision
  • Connect with a friendly and vibrant community of students from across the world
  • Benefit from access to research groups and networks across the University of Cambridge
  • Develop skills for employability across a range of organisations working on globalisation and international development.

Click here to hear more about this course from the coordinator, Dr Ricardo Sabates.

What does this course offer?

You will:

  • Gain an in depth knowledge of the challenges faced by education systems across the world, as well as possibilities for change;
  • focus in particular on the educational challenges and aspirations of the poorest countries of the world;
  • engage with contemporary issues of globalisation and international development in the field of education in order to interrogate the latest theoretically-grounded and evidence-based research;
  • critically investigate dominant paradigms of globalisation and international development, and engage with topical issues of relevance to educational policy and practice;
  • develop research and career paths within the wider research culture of both the Faculty and the broader university.

Applicants may be called to interview over Skype. 

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How is the course organised?

The course begins in early October and runs over three eight week terms. In a typical week there are three taught sessions. There are two 15 hour modules in Michaelmas term and two in Lent term. Module titles are below. Please see programme summary for an indicative list of sessions.

Module 1: Perspectives on Globalisation and International Development in Education

Module 2: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Education

Module 3: Education, Conflict and Peace

Module 4: Education and Transitions in Global Contexts

In addition, you have regular one to one meetings with your supervisor. There are thesis presentations during the Easter term where you have the opportunity to present to your peers.

You are assessed via two 6,000-6,500 word essays, each submitted at the end of the first two terms, and a 20,000 word thesis, submitted in mid-July.


Research Method Strand

Alongside these modules, you will benefit from 32 hours of Research Methods teaching. This is taught across all thematic Masters within the Faculty of Education, allowing you to interact with others on different courses. It covers a broad range of social science research methods and is essential for Masters level understanding and critical engagement with the research literature in many specialist areas and in education more generally. Through this strand you will acquire the skills necessary for designing, conducting, analysing, interpreting and reporting a research study for thesis.

Detailed information.

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Who are the course team?

The course is staffed by a team of established faculty members who provide teaching and supervision. Other colleagues also contribute one-off lectures:

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Where do our students go?

Our graduates are the future leaders in their field. They have a wide choice of career options, including further doctoral study, work with international NGOs, UN bodies, government departments, development agencies, think tanks and universities.

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What our students say

Read about our student experiences and feedback from those that attended the course.

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