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MA Social Justice and Education

Explore the making of a fair and just society and how education can help shape a better future.

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

This masters is ideal if you have an interest in diversity, inclusion, equality and a fair and decent society. It is especially useful for current and future teachers as well as potential policy makers and researchers.

Educational policymakers, researchers and teachers recognise that social justice is fundamental to their work. This masters course will equip you to investigate the pedagogical and professional issues that relate to social justice as well as evaluating and debating the fairness of educational practices.

Leading research

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.

Course content

This Masters will take 12 months to complete. You'll start in the Autumn term with some compulsory modules that will introduce you to the tools and techniques you'll use throughout the course and in your career. You'll also choose some modules that will allow you to build a masters that suits your interests and career. In the Spring term you'll study a compulsory module that will allow you to develop your skills and experience of communicating research while again having a choice of modules that allow you to tailor this masters to your own interests. Finally in the Summer term you'll continue developing your research skills, while also working on your dissertation.

Modules

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

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following modules:

Choose two of the following modules:

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

Dissertation

Throughout the summer term, and beyond into early September, you will work on your dissertation. This will be based on a small scale research study and should be approximately 12,000 words in length. Previous studies have included an examination of global education; universities as sites of global citizenship and studying 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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of the theories, principles, methodologies and approaches concerning social justice and education to support related education initiatives.
  • Contribute to consideration of education practice and policy by evaluating the interplay between key concepts in a range of contexts and from different 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.
  • Collate, manage and critically analyse complex empirical data using appropriate software in order to support presented arguments.
  • Initiate and conduct independent, focussed research projects including thorough planning, rigorous ethics processes and the selection and application of appropriate principles, methodologies and approaches.
  • 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 social justice in 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.

Home/EU students

International students

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.

I think education is a brilliant way to challenge injustice and inequality. A lot of prejudice and discrimination comes from lack of education.
Megan, MA Social Justice and Education

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will prepare for your modules with preliminary reading; you'll go on to discuss this with tutors and fellow students. You'll be taught through a combination of methods, which may vary depending on your choice of modules. Common formats for teaching include:

  • tutor presentations
  • lectures
  • seminar discussions
  • individual and group practical activities
  • workshops
  • video demonstrations.

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, Mainly in Alcuin and Vanbrugh 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

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, the methods will depend on your choice of modules. Common methods of assessment include:

  • Assignments (4,000-5,000 words)
  • exams
  • lessons plans and commentary
  • series of blog posts
  • presentations (group and individual)

Most modules will involved short assessed tasks through the course of the term. These do not form part of your final mark, although you will be given feedback on your performance so you can prepare for the formal assessment.

Careers and skills

The wide choice of modules allows you to shape this course to suit your own aspirations, meaning that it's suitable for a wide range of careers. You'll also benefit from the University's careers team who offer a bespoke advice and support service.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • education and higher education
  • journalism
  • information management
  • human resources
  • civil service
  • NGOs and other international organisations.

Some graduates choose to continue their studies with research degrees in education and related topics.

Transferable skills

  • Analysis and evaluation of debates and initiatives
  • Communication and dissemination of research
  • Interpreting research
  • Using common techniques for analysis
I see myself in social policy or public policy in Slovakia. Maybe regional policy. I would like to deal with the everyday problems of people in Slovakia, and to help them. So studying Social Justice and finding the answer to what Social Justice is, and how to achieve it, will be essential to my future career.
Justine, MA Social Justice in Education

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree. If you earned your degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

The international equivalents of UK qualifications are shown on our country-specific pages. You can also contact the international team for guidance.

English language

If your native language is not English, you may need a qualification to demonstrate your fluency. We accept the following English language tests:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you have recently completed an undergraduate degree at a UK university you may be exempt from the English language requirements.

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.

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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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