Comparative Education MA

London, Bloomsbury

This programme provides an overview of the common controversies and contemporary debates in international and comparative education. We will engage in systematic analysis and comparison of education systems, processes and policies in many parts of the world.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The programme provides a rigorous multidisciplinary grounding in the comparative analysis of the relationship between education and society. Students are introduced to education policy and politics of international organisations, such as the OECD and the EU, and national governments in countries/regions such as the UK, Europe and Asia, discussing the effects education systems have on economic development, skill formation, and social inclusion.  

Who this course is for

This programme is suitable for anyone working or intending to work in education who wishes to understand education in a global context.

What this course will give you

The Department of Education, Practice and Society is a multidisciplinary department at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society bringing together a diverse community of researchers with expertise in the social sciences who have a common interest in exploring education in all its guises: formal, non-formal and informal.

The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, such as, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government departments, as well as with regional organisations, employer organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.

The foundation of your career

Recent career destinations for this degree:

  • the OECD and the European Commission
  • think tanks, education businesses, and consultancies in Europe, Asia and the USA. 
  • government bodies
  • PhD scholarships 

Employability

The MA Comparative Education will help you to develop key employability skills, which will make you attractive in both the public and private sector, e.g. international organisations, government departments, think tanks and consultancies, education businesses, and in research and teaching. We also offer an MPhil/PhD in Comparative Education (integrated route). We supervise across a broad range of areas within the comparative social sciences, comparative politics of education, and education development.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via face-to-face evening sessions. Attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules. It is assessed by coursework assignments of 5,000 words, and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report. If the report is opted for an additional optional module is required. 

Modules

Full-time

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits) OR two core modules (60 credits) and three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits). 

Part-time

Over the two years, students take two compulsory taught modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits) OR three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

The first year of the programme introduces you to the foundation of doing comparative education research through the term 1 module, Comparative Education: Theories and Methods. In addition, you select a further one or two taught modules (compulsory and/or optional modules). In the second year, you will take the remaining modules (bringing the total number to four). You also begin work on your final research project, the dissertation or the report, with a submission date in early September.

Flexible

It is expected that you will begin your studies with the compulsory module Comparative Education: Theories and Methods and that you will sit the Dissertation or Report module in your final year of study. The remaining compulsory and optional modules can be taken in Years 1-5 depending on an individual's study plan.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Comparative Education.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society Virtual Event series

Find out more about our wide range of programmes in education, social science and social policy and psychology and human development at our graduate open series running from 31 January to 10 February 2022. The events will include the opportunity to meet the programme teams, learn more about our programmes and ask any questions you have about studying at IOE.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: Overseas

GREAT Scholarship

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Comparative Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021