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MA in Education: Culture, Language & Identity

  • Length
    1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time
  • Department
    Educational Studies

Course overview

This MA is designed for anyone working in education or a related field. It aims to enhance your understanding of educational theory and practice by focusing upon issues of culture, language and identity, and it is taught by internationally-renowned experts.

The programme aims to develop an inclusive and inter-cultural approach to teaching and learning across a wide range of educational styles, by interrogating current educational policies, curriculum frameworks, teaching practices and theoretical perspectives.

Its modular structure allows for specialisation in the areas of equity and social justice, curriculum policy and practice, language and culture in education, and the arts in education.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Sarah Pearce

Modules & structure

Overview

You'll develop new perspectives on education through a process of reasoned critical reflection, and you will be encouraged to apply your developing understanding of educational practices and issues in your own institution and elsewhere.


You have to complete 180 credits, made up from:
• a compulsory core module, Culture, Language and Identity in Education (30 credits)
• option modules (30 credits each)
• Dissertation (60 credits)


If you already have M level credits from your PGCE courses or elsewhere you can apply to have one or both of these included in your MA accreditation. In this case only a further 120 credits are needed.


If you are a former Goldsmiths student you should also be aware that you are eligible for a 30% discount on each module.

All sessions run in the evenings to accommodate professional teachers and educators with substantial existing commitments and workloads.


You may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate if you exit after completing two modules (one third of the programme) or a Postgraduate Diploma if you complete four modules (two thirds of the programme).

 

Option modules

You'll select options from a list that currently includes:

Module title Credits
  Children's Literature and Cultural Diversity 30 credits
  Race, Culture and Education 30 credits
  Early Childhood Education for a Diverse Society 30 credits
  Global Education Policies and National Cultures 30 credits
  Biculturalism and Bilingualism in Education 30 credits
  Teaching Language in Multilingual Contexts 30 credits
  Spaces of Practice (in association with the Whitechapel, Showroom Galleries and the South London Gallery) 30 credits
  Progressive Leadership and Mentoring in Education 30 credits
  Policy into Practice in the UK Education System 30 credits

Assessment

 Assessment is normally via a 5000 word essay.

The dissertation is a 15000 word assignment on a subject of your choice.

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

Education at Goldsmiths is ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of our research*

Educational Studies

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live.

That’s why our research delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Staff

Staff who teach on the programme include:

 

Find out more about staff in the Department of Educational Studies.

Skills & careers

The programme will enable you to develop:

  • enhanced understanding and critical awareness of educational theory and practice
  • critical reflection skills
  • research skills

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Student profiles

Kelly

"The professors are engaging and the people I've met here really made my studies worthwhile."

"I found Goldsmiths through a search engine for MA degrees and found that the course offered here was my #1 choice. I was super ecstatic when I was accepted and cried in excitement. The International Office staff were extremely helpful and quick to respond to any questions and concerns I had during the matriculation process since I'm the first in my family to study abroad and didn't know a lot of the things I needed to come here.

Now that I'm here, I can't imagine studying anywhere else. The professors are engaging and the people I've met here really made my studies worthwhile. I've made some great friends both in and out of class and I'm upset that my course is only one year. After I graduate, I'll be looking for a job in London in either education or HR."

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in education or a relevant/related subject plus appropriate voluntary or professional (paid) experience in education or community work.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online. You should include in this why you want to study for an MA in Education, and why you think the MA Education Culture Language and Identity is the right MA for you

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory) 

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding you may be subject to an application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Additional costs

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships and Bursaries

30% fee discount to home/EU alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.

 

Find out more about fee's and funding.

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