Education, Policy & Society

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Education, Policy & Society MA is an interdisciplinary course which draws on sociology, political science, economics and history to address the challenges of education policy and provision. It will give you a deep understanding of 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.

Who should take this course

Lower undergraduate grades may 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.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180-190 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

  • You are required to take the following modules:
  • Education, Policy & the City (30 credits)
  • Research Methods & Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 90-100 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Critical Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
  • Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
  • Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
  • The Social Context of Education (30 credits)
  • Mathematics Education: Theory & Practice (30 credits)
  • Business Management in Education (30 credits)
  • Computer Science Education: Theory & Practice (30 credits)
  • The Foundations of Teaching & Learning Science (30 credits)
  • Improving Learning & Attainment in the Classroom (30 credits)
  • Issues in Teaching & Learning MFL (30 credits)
  • Language & Power (30 credits)
  • Notions of English (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Mathematics Education (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
  • Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
  • School Effectiveness & Improvement (30 credits)
  • Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)
  • Teacher Development (30 credits)


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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