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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

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Key Facts
Route Co-ordinator: Professor Nidhi Singal []   Full Time enrolled 22-23: 27
Open to:  Full Time only
Deadline: 22/02/2024 Application Written Task

Overview of the course

The MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development (EGID) focuses on a range of contemporary issues of globalisation and international development in the field of education, in order to interrogate the latest theoretically grounded, and empirical research with our students. Our programme explores the relationship between education and wider socio-economic processes, with a particular focus on countries in the Global South. The programme offers an opportunity to engage with these issues from different theoretical lenses and diverse empirical approaches.

Why choose us?

  • Engage with cutting edge research being conducted by members of the teaching team who are involved closely in influencing international and national policy discourses and implementation.
  • Benefit from a wide range of research centres at the faculty, including REAL and PEDAL and research networks, such as CaNDER and CLAREC
  • Be involved in small group discussions with a select group of 25-30 students per year, who come from varied disciplinary and professional backgrounds
  • Benefit from inclusive, participatory and research-oriented pedagogy
  • Opportunities to deepen your scholarship with the support and personalised mentoring from one-to-one supervisions
  • Engage with invited scholars, particularly from the Global South, who lead public talks as part of our seminar series titled: “Politics of knowledge building in education and international development”
  • Benefit from the vast array of opportunities available in the Collegiate university
  • Connect with Alumni working across diverse fields and geographical spaces
  • Develop research skills which will enable you to continue to a PhD, if desired
  • Develop transferable skills for employability across a range of organisations

What does this course offer?

You will:

  • examine critically, the challenges and priorities faced in the field of international education and development, these include, examining complex inequalities arising from the intersections between poverty, disability, gender, race and class; migration-both within and across nations; forced displacement; the impact of unprecedented and unexpected school closures; and re-scripting the role of families and communities in education
  • develop a nuanced appreciation of the different education systems across the world, with a particular emphasis on countries in the Global South
  • critically engage with paradigms of globalisation and international development, both from the North and South and use these lenses to explore topical issues of relevance to educational policy and practice
  • reflect on ways in which unequal power relations between different countries shape international commitments, programme development and funding mechanisms in the field of education and international development
  • the role that Northern led educational research can play in reinforcing hierarchies of knowledge and devaluing indigenous knowledge production.

coloured pensHow 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.

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 Education8
  • Module 3: Transitions into and out of Education
  • Module 4: Policy Approaches to Educational Quality

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 essays, each submitted at the end of the first two terms, and a dissertation, submitted in July.

teachingResearch 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 on Research Methods Strand.

paper cut peopleWho 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:

road signWhere 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
  • international NGOs
  • UN bodies
  • government departments
  • development agencies
  • think tanks and universities

Foundations and national organisations are also important options for our graduates

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Watch videos about our student experiences of EGID at Cambridge from those that attended the course.