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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Education (Knowledge, Power and Politics) is no longer accepting new applications.

How are education systems around the world governed, with what kind of knowledge's in what kinds of place? This MPhil in Knowledge Power and Politics explores these profoundly important questions and the nature of the consequences for social justice.

Students joining this course will:

  • benefit from teaching by internationally renowned Faculty staff who are actively involved in cutting-edge research and policy advice in the area of knowledge production in the contemporary global world of education, its political nature, diverse settings and issues of social justice;
  • closely engage with the work of the Faculty’s Education, Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster;
  • join a select group of no more than 25 to 30 students per year;
  • experience a teaching approach that promotes active, participatory, inclusive and research-oriented pedagogy;
  • enjoy personalised support and mentoring through one-to-one supervision;
  • connect with a friendly and vibrant community from across the world;
  • benefit from access to research groups and networks across the University of Cambridge; and
  • develop skills for employability across a range of organisations concerned with research, policy and practice.

The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Education as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are to:

  • examine the theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines;
  • provide training in research methods appropriate to education;
  • advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgment;
  • cater to a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research paradigms and techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domains and questions;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledges in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying researchable problems and how they might be examined, and will have acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

Students intending to go on to the PhD/EdD will be required to have obtained a mark of 70 or above in their dissertation.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information


10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019