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Education, Power and Social Change PGDip

Education, Power and Social Change PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Politics Education Studies Social Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Diploma is one of a suite of postgraduate courses looking at the subject of education, power and social change and is ideal if you are interested in studying this subject at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA. This flexible part-time evening study course allows you to explore your passion for this subject and you can go on to complete our MA, if you wish.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates go in to careers in teaching and training, youth work, education policy, and in community and voluntary sector organisations. Possible professions include community education officer, education administrator, or youth worker. This degree can also be useful in becoming a careers adviser or community development worker.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module critically examines education and learning as a contested field within changing global economies and contexts. Students will be enabled to distinguish between different social and political perspectives on the role of education for change within contrasting national milieux, over time. One key aim is that the learner understands the ways in which the skills issue has been used in discourse around the need for education as an economic lever in development scenarios in late 20th and 21st century states. Additionally, the countervailing arguments around the self-sufficiency of groups purposefully excluded and neglected in different contexts will be examined. The intention is to enable the student to be capable of demonstrating a breadth of interpretative skills applicable to varying social settings at differing times.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more