Course information


1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

This programme will enhance your understanding of educational theory and practice by focusing on issues of culture, language and identity, and is taught by internationally-renowned experts.

Why study MA Education: Culture, Language & Identity at Goldsmiths

  • This MA programme explores the significance of identity and culture in education contexts. While we draw on theories and research from other traditions, our focus is on how society and culture inform our understanding of who we are as teachers and learners, and how those identities impact on the teaching and learning process.
  • The programme is designed for educators at all levels, including those in informal learning contexts, and others interested more broadly in the field of education. It places a strong emphasis on student-centred and directed independent learning and research.
  • Teaching sessions and personal tutorials focus on supporting you to bring together your reading and reflections on your own learning and teaching experiences, enabling you to develop a better informed, more critical, and more analytical approach to educational processes.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr. Veronica Poku.

What you'll study


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

The full MA requires you complete 180 worth of credits, split between compulsory and options, as listed below.

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. Please note, however, that your final grade is calculated using only the credits obtained during the Masters itself.

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). This must include the first compulsory module, "Culture, Language, and Identity in Education".

Compulsory modules

You will take the following compulsory modules (90 credits).

Module title Credits
Culture, Language and Identity in Education 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits


Option modules

You will take 90 credits of option modules. You'll select options from a list that currently includes:

Module title Credits
Biculturalism and Bilingualism in Education 30 credits
Children’s Literature, Culture and Diversity 30 credits
Current developments and collaborative approaches in SEN and behaviour management 30 credits
Early Childhood in a Diverse Society 30 credits
Masculinities, Femininities, and Identities in Education 30 credits
Education Policy into Practice 30 credits
Progressive Leadership and Mentoring in Education 30 credits
Race, Culture and Education 30 credits
Teaching Languages in Multilingual Contexts 30 credits

Download the programme specification. 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.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Carrie Sweeney

Studying at Goldsmiths has been such an important step in my vocational and educational formation.

Carrie's study experience at Goldsmiths

Studying at Goldsmiths has been such an important step in my vocational and educational formation. While refining my research and writing skills, I am also forming relationships with trailblazers in the fields of Creative Writing and Education. Students and instructors on this course are driven, caring, and passionate, and it is inspiring and energising to learn alongside them. I have made such wonderful friends through this programme, and I have felt greatly supported by both the Education Studies and English and Creative Writing Departments along the way!

Support coming to university

Transitioning to university in general can be difficult, but there are so many kind staff members at Goldsmiths eager to welcome you with open arms. Try your best to reach out to people and be overly communicative with your struggles - there are lots of people willing to lend an ear or help you puzzle through something!

Studying in London as an international student

Being an international student at Goldsmiths has been a wonderful experience, especially as a writer. There are so many literary organizations, exhibitions, and landmarks to explore - London truly feels like a treasure trove of artistic and creative power.

Enjoying the local area

New Cross has so many incredible off-the-beaten-path spots to explore. It’s far enough from Central London that you’re able to explore away from the bustle of tourists, while still getting a rich experience of London life. With so many creative arts students and professors floating about in the area, you’re constantly surrounded by deep thinkers, artists, performers, and musicians, which fills the area with such a unique energy and breadth of opportunities.

Maliha Afzal

Goldsmiths is an environment that is steeped in creativity, innovation and social justice.

Maliha's study experience

During my time at Goldsmiths, the relationships that I developed with my peers and professors in the MA programme were the most valuable. I enjoyed how we would engage in critical, in-depth conversations in and out of the classroom about how pedagogy could be transformed and driven. It helped me to grow and refine my own voice as an educator striving for social justice. The professors were incredibly knowledgeable and their own works and research inspired mine. The MA Education experience at Goldsmiths was transformative in the educator I had wished to become.

Life after Goldsmiths

I am currently the Head of SEN and Student Guidance Counsellor at a local school in Bangladesh that follows an international curriculum. I have enjoyed the interactions with the students and supporting their well-being. My MA in culture, language and identity has been very informative in my role in helping students to build their sense of self and how they wish to be seen in this world.

I am interested in teacher training and parent coaching, and my hope for the future is to develop a programme for teachers and parents that centres on student cultures and identities, particularly in building inclusive practices and breaking down barriers.

Advice for future students

Goldsmiths is an environment that is steeped in creativity, innovation and social justice so make the most of your experience by engaging in as many conversations as possible with inspiring forward-thinkers! Read as much as possible - Goldsmiths and the University of London have access to a lot of valuable resources and books. It’s an opportunity to awaken your own voice, both personally and professionally.

Experiencing London as an international student

London is a multicultural city where I felt very much at home as an international student, given everyone has a story of diversity and difference. It is rich in culture and the arts, and I found events to attend most weekends at reasonable prices. The city itself is so large that each area is unique and worth exploring! I enjoyed Goldsmiths as an international student as well, given how the study body is representative of how multicultural London is.

Maliha's favourite thing in the local area

Food, in and around the area! There are many places to explore that provide authentic cuisine from around the world.

Anne Wahab

My favourite part of the degree was meeting new people from around the world and exchanging cultures.

Exchanging cultures, and broadening my horizons

My favourite part of the degree was meeting new people from around the world and exchanging cultures. The opportunity to have discussions with my professors and peers regarding a variety of subjects is what I valued most about my time at Goldsmiths. The Department of Education helped in broadening my horizon. When I was a student at Goldsmiths, I grew in terms of both personality and knowledge in numerous fields.

Life after Goldsmiths

I am the Admissions Officer at Ecole Jeannine Manuel London. I like the fact that I can combine my teaching experience with an administrative side.

Study experience

I would advise anyone considering studying at Goldsmiths to establish high academic goals and adhere to them. The teaching staff at Goldsmiths are really motivating.

Favourite spot on campus

The Goldsmiths library has a terrific vibe because you can meet students from many fields. There were numerous resources available to help me in completing my assignments.

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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.

International qualifications

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

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

To find out more about your fees, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Postgraduate students at Goldsmiths may also be eligible for over £10,000 in Postgraduate Government Loans.


There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities available to student on this programme. For more information, please visit the postgraduate scholarships and bursaries page.

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 academic year. 

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.

Find out more about applying.


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


The programme will enable you to develop:

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

Many students use their MA to help with promotion in schools and other education institutions, others go on to pursue further study. Our Careers Service is able to offer help with CVs, mock interviews and other advice both during your studies and after you graduate.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

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