Educational Planning, Economics and International Development MA

This masters degree will:

  • provide you with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to work in educational planning, policy, management and administration in the context of international development
  • identify the interconnections between society and the economy, and the implications for educational planning
  • apply economic principles to educational planning issues
  • critique the ways in which economic analysis and evidence are applied to education policy issues
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to educational planning
  • analyse an educational planning problem in the context of the national economy and its development.


This masters degree provides an opportunity to:

  • interact with international guest speakers and internationally renowned researchers
  • share your perspectives and experiences with a diverse student group
  • make a study visit to Paris (not included in the course fee) incorporating UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).

Who is this programme for?

People who work or would like to work with bilateral and multilateral aid organisations, in the non-formal sector or in government departments concerned with education and international development.

Entry requirements

A good first degree or equivalent and, normally, appropriate experience in a low- or middle-income country.

Core topics

  • Economic perspectives on education policy
  • Education in low- and middle-income countries
  • Planning for education and development.

Related topics

  • Development education in the era of globalisation
  • The economic value of education
  • Education, conflict and fragility
  • Gender, education and development
  • Gender: theory and practice in education
  • Introduction to social research
  • Learners, learning and teaching in the context of Education for All
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing: planning, practice and participation.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Mixed mode, including face-to-face daytime or evening sessions, one-week intensive courses, and online learning.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • government staff worldwide
  • research centre staff
  • not for profit and charity workers.

Visa Information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.


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