Globalising Education: Policy and Practice MA

Duration: 1 year full-time

The Globalising Education: Policy and Practice MA is a one-year full-time course at the University of Sheffield, one of the leading Universities in the UK. The course runs from September to August. The course is designed for educational professionals seeking to develop their understanding of the challenges facing the education world of the 21st century.

The course focuses on education policy and practice in changing international and global contexts.

Who is the course for?

The course attracts education professionals working in Communities, Education Professional Associations and Teacher Unions, Educational publishing, Further Education Institutions, Higher Education Institutions, Local Authorities, Ministries of Education/Government Departments, NGOs and Schools (nursery, primary, secondary). We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with prior experience working in education or a related area. Applications from those without educational experience are also welcome.

Previous students have come from around the world to study, including Africa (for example, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Tanzania), the Caribbean, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, India, the Middle East, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan and European countries, including the UK.

Course Structure

Course Structure

MA StudentsThe course begins with a one week induction to the University, to the School of Education, and to study at Masters level. This is followed by six months of taught modules and six months supervised research study for the award of the MA.

There are four taught modules, two of which are studied October to December, and two from January to March. From April onwards students work on their independent study, which is submitted in August. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma if they do not wish to complete the Masters course.

Aims of the course

  • To consider the implications of globalisation for educational research, policy and practice.
  • To critically explore changing conceptions and practices of curricula, pedagogy and assessment in international contexts.
  • To provide an introduction to the dominant traditions in educational research and to examine a range of research methodologies and approaches available.

EDU6043 - The Dissertation - GRAD YR 60 Credits

The Dissertation is a major part of the Globalising Education: Policy and Practice MA course. The dissertation topic can develop a theme raised during the taught part of the Course, or an issue which relates to the specialised research areas covered by the students´ own professional interests.

The Course Team provides guidance on the choice of a suitable topic for investigation and advice and support throughout the study period (April to September). A wide variety of study is possible, including empirical studies, theoretical reviews, historical or philosophical investigations. The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words in length.

Each student is allocated a supervisor - a specialist in the research area. Students and supervisors work together over the six months of the dissertation period before submission of the thesis.

A Student Perspective

If you would like to hear what our students have to say about the programme, please take a look at the Student insight webpages.

Module Information

Module Information

There are four compulsory modules, two modules which are studied from October to December and two modules studied from January to March. From April to August students carry out their independent study.

Required Modules

EDU6356 - Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research - AUT SEM 30 Credits

This module introduces students to key issues in education and educational research that will underpin their studies, regardless of which pathway they take through the full-time masters programme. It outlines historical approaches to educational research and introduces the key paradigms of educational research. The module moves on to consider critical issues in education and educational research, drawing on the research strengths of the module team and focusing in particular on educational psychology and globalisation, enabling the module to provide a foundation for other modules on the programme. The module thus offers students an opportunity to develop a critical stance towards some of the most pressing issues in educational research in contemporary societies.

EDU6084 - Globalisation and Education - AUT SEM 30 Credits

This module explores the relationships between globalisation and education. It begins by enquiring into students´ personal and professional experiences of globalisation and considers how educational experiences have been influenced by globalisation in different contexts. After exploring key globalisation theories, with focus on the economic, political and cultural dimensions, the module considers specific theoretical aspects relevant to education, including: the significance of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in national education policymaking; the reconstitution of education policy as an element of economic policy; language and power; the Knowledge-based Economy and Information Society; e-learning; Postcolonial perspectives; and the impact of globalisation on cultural life.

EDU6085 - Globalising Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy - SPR SEM 30 Credits

Recent years have witnessed increased focus on the importance of reforms in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy in national education systems, reforms premised in the imperatives and opportunities of the Knowledge-based Economy, the Information Society, and more generally our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. This module examines changing conceptions of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy policy and practice in international contexts. Key areas explored include: the relationship between curricula and assessment; international assessment measures and their influences on curricula; the historical contexts of curricula; constructivist pedagogies; teaching and learning with ICT; English Language Teaching; pedagogy and multiliteracies; and internationalizing teaching and learning.

EDU6358 - The Practice of Research - SPR SEM 30 Credits

This module introduces students to the processes involved in designing a research project, conducting the study and completing the research report. The module focuses on research design, on identifying issues, formulating research questions and choosing appropriate methods to use in particular instances and settings. It explores various approaches to data analysis and outlines issues to be considered in the writing up process. It aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to complete a dissertation in an education-related field.

In addition to the taught module sessions, the course provides a comprehensive Support Programme with weekly taught support sessions. These sessions are informed by an inquiry-based learning approach and cover issues relating to research study at Master´s level, e.g. academic reading and writing, students as developing researchers, study skills and critical thinking.



Photograph of StudentsThe teaching team is committed to formative assessment, whereby students are continuously supported and advised about the ongoing development of their ideas and the writing of assessment tasks. Students learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, discussion, active inquiry and investigations.

Opportunities are provided for students to speak with module coordinators/lecturers to clarify the requirements of the assessment activities. In addition, tutorials are held to support students' intellectual growth.

For the dissertation study, students are supported by an experienced research tutor who has expertise in the appropriate field.

There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a dissertation study.

Assessment of the taught element consists of written assignments of 6,000 words each, one for each module. The Dissertation study consists of a research dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Course Directors

Course Directors

The course is taught by a range of research active academics from across the School of Education, all of whom have national and international reputations. Below are the Directors of the course:

Dr Andrey Rosowsky (Programme Director)

Dr Andrey Rosowsky is the Director of the full-time MA Programme. Andrey’s research interests include language and education, sociolinguistics, multilingualism and faith-based complementary schooling. He has published in the fields of multilingualism, the sociology of language, the sociology of language and religion, language and education and language and identity. He is interested by the range of literacy and language practices bi- and multi-lingual children experience, and the way these relate to and interact with, and upon, one another. Much of his recent research has taken place within theoretical frameworks which view language as a social practice and language as performance.

Dr Ansgar Allen (Course Director)

Dr Ansgar Allen directs the full-time Globalising Education: Policy and Practice MA, and teaches in the areas of educational philosophy, history and theory. Ansgar's research interests include the history of schooling, examination and meritocracy, the role of cynicism in education, and the role of philosophy more generally in constructing and troubling the aims of Western education. His research traces the development of educational subjectivities, including the history of our commitment to the idea that education is a social good.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Potential applicants should note that this course is not primarily focused on teaching methods nor is it a teaching qualification per se. It is aimed at students wishing to study education more broadly, at a theoretical, philosophical, psychological and sociological level. It will not generally include teaching methods or classroom practice. Neither is it a suitable course for those seeking to develop further their TEFL or TESOL teaching expertise. On the other hand, many serving teachers do come onto the course in order to reflect on their own practice and enhance their existing teaching qualifications. Equally, some of our students subsequently go on to pursue a teaching qualification once they have completed the MA.