MA in Global and International Citizenship Education

Programme leader: Professor Ian Davies


The Department of Education offers a one-year (12 month) taught full time MA in Global and International Citizenship Education.

Globalisation is perhaps the key driving force of modern education systems. Schools (and other educational enterprises in universities, businesses and communities) are part of a global network. This programme explores important issues about what it means to be a citizen in a global world - what could and should be done by educators to respond to the needs of individuals and groups in nation states and the new global society. We discuss issues about rights and duties and communities in the UK, Europe and globally and explore learning, teaching and assessment methods in schools and beyond.

This programme will be attractive to all those who have an interest in social studies education. This includes political and ideological education, moral education and education for diversity. This is a broad field that includes global education, comparative education, international education, intercultural understanding and citizenship education. In particular, the programme explores how to help people understand society and develop the skills to take part in it. This includes investigations of European citizenship and global citizenship education and focusing on learning and teaching methods. The programme will be of interest to those who see themselves as current or future teachers, researchers or policy makers. Applications are welcomed from both home and international students. Examples of what our graduates have done include PhD research in Australia; becoming and academic in a university in Japan; being an international student advisor at a university in the USA; working in business and in higher education in China.

Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they submit applications no later than 1 September if they wish to begin a course of study beginning in the same year. No guarantee can be offered that applications received after this date will be processed for a September start date.

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Programme aims

The MA programme aims to:

  • provide advanced-level study of forms of education appropriate for global citizens
  • illuminate the nature of citizenship and global education through insights into comparative education
  • link citizenship and global education to wider issues in society (history, politics and culture) and education via rhetorical and other perspectives
  • develop personal, academic and professional language skills in English
  • develop basic research capabilities in the field of citizenship and global education

Programme content

This taught MA programme comprises modules totalling 180 credits. For more details about modules please download the MA Full-time Modules Handbook 2015-16 (PDF  , 923kb)

This information is a guide only and subject to change.

Term 1

In term 1 there are 2 compulsory modules:

  • Citizenship Education (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 credits)

And one option module (20 credits) which may be chosen from the full list of modules available to all taught MA students. Modules that may be of particular interest to MAGICE students are likely to include:

  • Education and Social Justice
  • Intercultural Communication in Education
  • Motivation in Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools


Term 2

  • Teaching and Learning Citizenship & Global Education (20 credits)

One option module (20 credits) from the full list of modules available to all taught MA students. Modules that may be of particular interest to MAGICE students are likely to include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Teaching
  • Cross-cultural Perspectives on Language and Discourse
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Gender, Sexuality and Education
  • Higher Education in the 21st Century

Term 3

  • Planning and Communicating Research (20 credits, classes spread over Terms 2 and 3)

The third term and the summer is also devoted to writing a dissertation (60 credits) based on a small-scale research study to be submitted by early September. Previous studies have included an examination of global education; universities as sites of global citizenship; studying the media.


Students will complete:

  • four assessed coursework essay assignments (each 4,000 to 5,000 words in length)
  • an exam in Research Methods in Education
  • an assessed presentation + dissertation outline + ethics audit
  • a dissertation of 12,000 words in length


Range of modules

The wide variety of module options available on our taught masters programmes allows you to mould a particular route in accordance with individual interests and professional goals.

Careers support

The University has an active Careers Service offering bespoke advice and support for our taught postgraduate students. This includes career planning, volunteering, mentoring, employability and personal development.

I first came to York in 2012 for my MA in Global and International Citizenship Education. By the second term I loved being in York and campus became my second home. I decided to stay longer, and continued at York for my PhD in Education.

Ghazal Syed, 2012/13


Our graduates find employment in a wide range of sectors within education and higher education, but also in journalism, information management, human resources and other careers.

Others find employment opportunities in the civil service, NGOs and other international organisations.

Routes into Research

A number of our graduates go on to obtain research degrees in Education and related topics.