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


1 year full-time

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.

​You will be based in a Department that hosts the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice and will have opportunities to connect with researchers and students from across the world.

Course content What you’ll study


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 study four core modules and be able to choose two optional modules

Core modules

Citizenship Education: This module will explore the key features of citizenship education. You will gain an overview of methods and findings from recent studies making use of these key concepts and will learn to apply these, to consider and evaluate teaching and learning.

Teaching and Learning Citizenship and Global Education: This module will explore the key concepts relevant to teaching, learning and assessing citizenship and global education (CGE), complementing your knowledge gained in the Citizenship Education module. There will be opportunities in sessions to reflect on the meaning and practice of human rights education.

Research Methods in Education: This module will give you an understanding of methods used and results presented in published educational research. You will gain a general overview of the decisions educational researchers have to make when they develop a research project.

Planning and Communicating Research: Building on the knowledge and understanding of research methods gained in the previous module, you will engage in planning a small research project, identifying and managing the different stages involved, from conception to analysis to writing up and disseminating your results. This module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for conducting a research study and will allow you to reflect on these to enrich your own experience.

Optional Modules

Study your choice of two optional modules from the full list of modules available to all taught MA students in the Department of Education.

Modules that may be of particular interest for students on this course include:

The modules shown are those running for this academic year. Modules may be subject to availability.


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.

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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.


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 Where you’ll go from here

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 How to get here

Course entry

You should already have, or shortly complete, an undergraduate degree with at least a upper second-class or equivalent.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

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

International options

We would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:

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
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65 with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • 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.

Enquire Contact our admissions tutors if you have any questions

Professor Ian Davies

Professor Ian Davies

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