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Fiona Cullen
Fiona Cullen

Senior Lecturer - Education and Social Science
020 8240 4000 (2385)

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Through critical thinking, this master's degree seeks to understand the relationship between learning environments and wider societal and cultural influences.

Why study Education, Culture and Society?

You'll have the opportunity to study in a stimulating research-informed environment, taught by lecturers who are experts in their field.

The course is broad in its theoretical scope. Drawing on cross-cultural and global perspectives, you will have the opportunity, in theory and in practice, to critically reflect on your own working practices.

The Education, Culture and Society degree has been specially designed for professionals working in education-related fields, for example: teachers; youth workers; those working in the public sector with families and children; and non-government organisations in both UK and abroad.

The programme is equally suitable for those who wish to dedicate time to either changing the focus of their career, or who are considering a career in academia.

With both full and part-time modes of study, the programme is suitable to those who wish to complete the course in one year and those who wish to combine studying with work. 

Why St Mary's?

  • Access to faculty members with extensive experience in teaching, research and consultancy.
  • Access to excellent learning resources, including a dedicated library for Education students. The Naylor library has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a cafe
  • Excellent tutorial and supervisory support
  • Free academic English language classes to non-Native English speakers as well as access to a dedicated Learning Development Lecturer with responsibility for Students with English as an Additional Language.
  • The School also has a dedicated Learning Development Lecturer who provides study skills support

Key facts

  • Excellent tutorial and supervisory support
  • Provides students with opportunities to engage critically with current debates in educational and social science research.
  • Provides excellent preparation for doctoral level study.
  • Free academic English language classes to non-Native English speakers
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content

Please note: elective modules offered are subject to change based on student interest and staff availability.


  • Children and Young People's Rights 
  • Dissertation 
  • International perspectives on early childhood: UK and Northern European contexts 
  • Leadership in Context 
  • Literacy, Class and Culture 
  • Research Methods and Educational Enquiry 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

This course will be of interest to those currently teaching in a school or college (ranging from Early Years through to Further Education), but will be interesting to those currently working with, or intending to work with, children and young people in non-formal educational settings such as Children's Services, Youth Work and NGOs.

It will appeal to a broad range of professionals seeking to develop new skills and insights in order to develop their professional practice, and is an excellent qualification for enhancing your career potential.

It also provides excellent preparation for doctoral level study.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching and assessment

The teaching on this taught master's is carried out via lectures and seminars supplemented by individual tutorials and additional study days (for example, during half-term, and/or on one Saturday per semester).

These teaching methods provide opportunities for informal student presentations, critical reflection, discussion and formative feedback. 

Assessment is by coursework and individual oral presentations.

Modes of study

The course is suitable for both full-time students, and those currently in work and wishing to study part-time. Typical programme timetables for full-time and part-time students are available.

Course qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Students will successfully complete two taught modules.

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

Students will successfully complete three optional modules and the core module 'Research Methods and Educational Enquiry.' 

Master's Degree (180 credits)

Students who successfully complete three optional modules, the core module 'Research Methods and Educational Enquiry' and the dissertation.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,580
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,280
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  • Can education be the basis for conflict resolution in Greek and Turkish relations?
  • Disciplinary normalisation: a case study into Ofsted's role in turning around a failing School
  • Understanding the barriers and facilitators of learning inside and outside the classroom.