History of Education MA

This masters degree will:

  • help you acquire knowledge and understanding of education through a historical perspective
  • develop your skills in historical methodology by reflecting on oral, written and visual sources and interpretations
  • enable you to critically review arguments and analyse the experience of education from the 18th century to the present day
  • support you in undertaking a research study on an aspect of history of education in an international perspective.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study a programme that is unique in the UK
  • reflect on your personal educational experience and set it within a historical framework
  • study history of education beyond the classroom including collaboration with local museums and archives
  • connect contemporary policy and practice to what happened in the past
  • become part of a vibrant research community with a regular programme of seminars and workshops.

Who is this programme for?

People with a strong interest in social history, including teachers working in primary, secondary, and further education and local authorities. It is also relevant to school governors, policy-makers, politicians, and people working in the field of history and education, such as archaeologists, museum curators and archivists.

Entry requirements

A good first degree.

Core topics

  • History of education: concepts and international perspectives
  • Theory and policy in education
  • Education research
  • What is education?
  • Understanding research.

Related topics

  • Gender, race and class: theory and practice
  • Values and knowledge
  • International development
  • Understanding education research.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Mixed mode, including face-to-face Saturday or weekday evening sessions and interactive online learning. The core module is offered online and the whole MA can be completed through distance learning.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • senior archivist
  • professor of education
  • senior journalist
  • policy adviser.

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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