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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Education (Education, Globalisation and International Development) is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Education as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. The course will introduce students to 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;  Explore 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 issues of equity and social justice in education and international development from different theoretical lenses and diverse empirical approaches in Southern contexts.

Students joining this course will:

  • 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-on-one supervision
  • 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


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve at least a merit for the dissertation.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Feb. 24, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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