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MA Global and International Citizenship Education

Study ways of preparing learners for the global challenges of the 21st century

Year of entry: 2019
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1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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Globalisation is a key driving force of modern education systems.

Schools and other educational organisations play a crucial role in our global network. This MA in Global and International Citizenship Education will give you an understanding of the central role education has in forging more tolerant and inclusive societies by encouraging young people to become informed, socially-connected, ethical and engaged global citizens.

If you are a current or future teacher, researcher or a policy maker who wants to understand more about education and contemporary society then this is the course for you.

It was a year of fun and learning - learning from great scholars, access to huge resource banks, making friends, learning about different cultures, and the wonderful overall experience of being in York and belonging here. I decided to stay longer, and have continued at York for my PhD in Education.
Ghazal, MA in Global and International Citizenship Education, 2012/13

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The Department was ranked in the top 10 by Times Higher Education for the proportion of its research designated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Global networking

We host the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice, meaning you will have opportunities to connect with researchers and students from across the world.

Course content

Our MA in Global and International Citizenship Education explores what it means to be a citizen in a global world – and 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.

You’ll develop an awareness of issues about education rights, duties and communities globally, as well as in Europe and the UK. You’ll explore how this links to learning, teaching and assessment methods in schools and elsewhere. You will investigate education social studies, including political education, moral and community education, character education and diversity issues. This broad field includes global education, comparative education, international education, intercultural understanding and citizenship education. In particular, the course will explore how to help people understand society and develop the skills to take part in it.


You will take a total of 180 credits, including four core modules, two option modules and a dissertation, which you will complete as part of the 60 credit Independent Study Module.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two modules from the following list:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


You'll develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. To complete this masters, you will produce a 12,000-word dissertation based on your research project.

Previous studies have included an examination of global education in schools and elsewhere, universities as sites of global citizenship, and the role of the media.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of citizenship education theory, principles, methodologies and approaches to support citizenship education initiatives.
  • Contribute to consideration of education practice and policy by evaluating the interplay between citizenship and education concepts, specific contexts and relevant political, economic, social and technological perspectives.
  • Identify systemic barriers to equality and inclusiveness, giving attention to perspectives which differ from their own and continuing to reflect on their own practice in relation to inclusivity and diversity.
  • Initiate and conduct independent, focussed research projects by engaging in thorough planning, rigorous ethics procedures and the selection and application of appropriate principles, methodologies and approaches.
  • Collate, manage and critically analyse complex empirical data using appropriate software in order to support presented arguments.
  • Communicate complex information and arguments clearly, confidently and in a professional manner, making use of oral, written and visual formats.
  • Contribute to debates about the nature of pedagogical initiatives in the field of global and international citizenship education.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £7,810£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

There are no mandatory additional fees, but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available from the Library and online reading packs are available for most modules, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £20 to 40.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Departmental scholarships

We offer some departmental scholarships. View details of funding and scholarship opportunities.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises and workshops.

  • You will spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.
  • There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of educational topics.
  • We arrange a series of community activities for students to take part in each year.
  • You will be supported academically and pastorally by a tutor who you will have one-to-one meetings with.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Vanbrugh, Derwent and Alcuin Colleges; and the Spring Lane teaching building.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessments used throughout this course include:

  • four assessment essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length
  • a two hour 'closed' examination in Research Methods in Education
  • an assessed presentation, research proposal and ethics audit
  • you'll complete a 12,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research.

Careers and skills

This broad-based masters is an ideal foundation for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in schools, an international organisation, government or the third sector. The communication and cultural knowledge developed will be highly valued by any organisation with international interests. The wide variety of module options available allows you to select a route aligned with your individual interests and professional goals.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching and academia
  • Media
  • Information management
  • Human resources
  • Central government
  • Local government
  • Policy-making
  • NGOs
  • International companies

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

Transferable skills

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Data analysis
  • Design and completion of original research
  • Critical reasoning
  • Communication skills (including intercultural communication)
  • Academic and professional language skills in English

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer

You should already have, or shortly complete, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as English language, linguistics or education with a substantial English component. We would typically expect you to have achieved at least an upper second-class in your undergraduate degree.

Make sure you enclose a personal statement with your application. This should be between 300 and 400 words in length, and cover:

  • Relevant details of your academic and education background
  • Details of relevant activities you have undertaken, like designing teaching materials, or organising short courses
  • How this course suits your needs and what attracts you to it
  • How it fits into your future plans

More detailed advice on writing your personal statement

If you're an international student, we would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:

  • USA: grade point average 3.2 or above
  • PR China: average degree score 80 or above

View postgraduate entry requirements for your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
  1. IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  2. PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  3. CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  4. CAE (before January 2015): 65 with 'Good' in Writing
  5. CPE (before January 2015): C
  6. TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  7. Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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