University of Oulu, 2016

EdGlo - Master's Degree Programme in Education and Globalisation

Introduction to the EdGlo programme

MA in Education and Globalisation is a full-time two-year international Master's programme. It focuses on ethics, policy, planning, curriculum, evaluation and comparative research in education. The central aim of the programme is to develop quality in education and to equip students to exercise socially responsible leadership in complex and diverse societies. The programme emphasises North-South-East-West dialogue and includes studies in international education, interculturalism, globalisation and their effects on various sectors of education.

Master's Degree Programme in Education and Globalisation (120 ECTS) is aimed at applicants with a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent higher education degree. Preference will be given to the applicants with background in education/social sciences. All teaching will be in English, and therefore English-language proficiency is required of all students.

Students major in educational sciences. The programme also includes a minor subject and an internship period which can be implemented in Finland or internationally in a variety of different settings such as intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations or educational institutions. One third of the programme involves acquiring research tools, conducting research and writing a Master’s thesis in a collaborative and multicultural research environment.

After completing the programme, students are awarded a Master of Arts (Education) degree which enables them to continue their academic studies at doctoral level. This degree does not constitute a formal teaching qualification.

The curriculum includes the full programme structure and all the course descriptions with learning outcomes.
Please see the EdGlo Degree Structure 2019-2020

Graduate Profile
Graduates of the programme will be able to

  • make informed and ethical decisions in complex and diverse education environments in local and global contexts
  • exercise socially responsible leadership in the fields of policy, curriculum, planning and evaluation in educational contexts
  • conduct and utilise research that is robust and relevant to national and international debates in education
  • work ethically and productively in partnership with diverse individuals, groups and communities
  • show cross-cultural competence, seeing linguistic/cultural/ethnic/ gender/sexual/religious/ideological differences as a source of learning
  • introduce multiple perspectives into their professional activities and research and engage with different knowledges/cultures in ethical ways
  • relate to the constantly changing nature of education and society, recognising professional development as a collaborative process of lifelong and lifewide learning
  • use information technology to enhance professional development and practice in informed and critical ways

Future Career Opportunities
The professional foundations of the programme are related to tasks in research, planning, administration and teaching in the field of education, and also tasks in different organizations offering consultation and guidance. EdGlo graduates are competent to work in national and international contexts in the public, private and civil society sectors, in occupations such as:

  • project leaders
  • coordinators
  • educational consultants
  • evaluators
  • researchers
  • teachers
  • administrators

Research group connected to EdGlo is

Education, Diversity, Globalisation and Ethics (EDGE)


Outline of the programme 2019-2020

MA in Education and Globalisation

Language, Communication and Orientation Studies 5 ECTS credits
405033Y  Survival Finnish (foreign students only), 2
901001Y  Swedish or other language studies (Finnish students only), 2
405512Y  Orientation to the Finnish Culture and Educational System, 3

Major - Advanced Studies in Education 80 ECTS credits
408512S  Perspectives on Globalisation, 5
408514S  Nordic Education, 5
408527S  Comparative Education, 5
408528S  Scientific Practices and Academic Skills, 5
408517S  Quantitative Methodology, 5
408517S  Qualitative Methodology, 5
408513S  Ethics and Education, 5
408516S  Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership, 5
408518S  Internship, 5
408510S  Master’s Thesis, 35

Minor - Education in Transition 25 ECTS credits
407530A  Defining Education, 5
407540P   Language, Education, Society, 5
408502S  Development and Education, 5
407532A  Economics of Education, 5
407519A  Education and Change, 5

Elective studies 10 ECTS credits
Freely selected by students, 10

Total for the degree 120 ECTS credits

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