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Course summary

The MSc Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) programme provides you with both:

  • an academic foundation in the theories, issues, and current debates in comparative education and international development
  • the flexibility to follow your professional interests through a wide range of option courses
Exposure to experts across the university and practitioners in the field will allow you to further your networks and consider a multitude of post-graduation possibilities. You may find the MSc CEID is a suitable qualification if you are interested in:
  • research
  • higher education internationalisation offices
  • civil society and non-governmental organisations
  • international organisations
  • public sector
In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for those that want to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree. In the programme, we adopt a social justice perspective. Our expert faculty share cross-national and cross-cultural examples from around the world to help you understand how the global and local shape education policy, and the role education plays in various aspects of development, including health, peacebuilding, and citizenship. At the end of this programme, you will have a more critical understanding of the policies, politics, histories, ideas and cultural practices that influence education. The programme also builds on the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s desires to be responsible international actors. It takes advantage of Edinburgh as a capital city by connecting with the Scottish Parliament and local organisations in the CEID field. The capstone approach to the dissertation allows you to apply to complete placement-based dissertations with local, regional, or global organisations. As a student in the MSc CEID Programme, you have the opportunity to participate in the dynamic CEID Community based at the Moray House School of Education and Sport. Beyond the MSc CEID programme, you benefit from:
  • access to the CEID Research Group which brings together over 50 researchers across the university to learn from and share their research in the CEID field
  • the ability to join the CEID Student Society – one of the few student-run societies focused on the graduate student experience, holding regular social, academic, and networking events

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022. A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Education, Demography, Global Studies, Public Policy, Regional Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, International Studies, Politics, Human Geography, Social Research, Economics, Public Health, Population Studies, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Sustainability. We may consider other subject areas if you have significant relevant work experience or a masters degree in a relevant subject area. In exceptional cases, we may also consider your application if you have substantial relevant work experience in place of academic qualifications; please contact us to check before you apply. Entrance to our MSc programmes is competitive. Relevant work experience or the completion of a masters degree is not required but is given substantial consideration and may increase your chances of acceptance. Preference will be given to those with qualifications above the minimum requirements, or those who have a competitive combinations of undergraduate, relevant masters degree, and substantial relevant work experience.

Fees and funding

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Comparative Education and International Development at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS