Adult education has been recognised in Europe as a critical element in addressing challenges pertaining to employment, research and innovation, climate change and energy, education and combatting poverty. A concern about social inequality and a belief that adult educators can contribute to social change based on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is the driving force behind the creation of the programme.
Why this programme
- This programme has been designed to maximise the learning outcomes through both student and staff mobility and is innovative in the interconnectedness of the curriculum.
- Its unique focus brings together the recognised strengths of all partners into a relevant degree which engages with and responds to key issues of our time, such as social inequality, migration and intercultural cooperation and collaboration.
- A distinctive feature of this programme is the connection between theory and practice, gained through focused placements and mobility periods between the partner universities.
- The programme aims to deliver a curriculum that enables people to work with adults effectively and competently in changing socially diverse contexts.
- The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree is awarded by a consortium comprising the University of Glasgow (Scotland), the University of Malta, Maynooth University (Ireland), Tallinn University (Estonia) and the Open University of Cyprus.
- An array of academic conferences, workshops and other socio-cultural events involving all consortium partners will help to make your experience a truly rewarding one in terms of making lasting friendships and equipping you for a future professional career.
The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods. It has been designed so that you benefit from the specific expertise of each of the partners and have a short credit-bearing placement built into each of the mobility periods.
Semester 1 courses will be delivered at the University of Glasgow. There is a pathway choice in semester 2 between the University of Malta (Critical issues, policy and curriculum) and Maynooth University (Community engagement and education). Semester 3 courses will be delivered Tallinn University. Open University of Cyprus courses will be delivered online with every partner.
You will also complete a research dissertation that will be supported by all institutions throughout your two years of study. You can choose to spend this semester at Glasgow, Malta, Maynooth or Tallinn, depending on the focus of your dissertation.
There is also the opportunity to attend a summer school in Penang at Universiti Sains Malaysia or undertake internships at UNESCO (UIL) Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) or the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) as part of the summer mobility period.
Year 1 - Semester 1 (September - December)
University of Glasgow
- Introduction to adult education for social change
- International issues in adult education OR Psychology of adult learning
- Practical aspects of adult education
- Teaching adult education online.
Year 2 - Semester 2 (January – May)
University of Malta (Pathway A) - Critical issues, policy and curriculum
- Adult education and social difference
- Adult education for sustainable development
- Curriculum development
- Research methods (online).
Maynooth University (Pathway B) - Community engagement and education
- Advanced gender studies in adult and community education
- Advanced theories in adult and community education
- Power, politics and society: adult education in context
- Research methods (online).
Universiti Sains Malaysia - Summer School (June-July)
- Peace studies
Internship (limited places)
- DIE (German Institute for Adult Education)
- PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia)
- UNESCO (UIL).
Year 2 - Semester 3 (September – January)
- Critical reflection in adult learning and education (online)
- Research support and employability issues
- Social and professional identity of adult educators
- Theories of change in adult education.
Year 2 - Semester 4 (February – August)
Glasgow, Malta, Maynooth OR Tallinn
- Research dissertation
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Graduates will be equipped with the academic knowledge, research skills, and practical employability skills through this jointly developed and delivered programme. You will find employment teaching and facilitating change in schools, communities and workplaces, advocating through activism or influencing policy in international NGOs and governments, as well as undertaking research that uncovers new knowledge about how adult education can help eliminate social injustice.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2020-21
Fees for the 2 year programme:
Home and EU
- Full-time: £6,500 per annum or €7,180 per annum
- Full-time: £14,113 per annum or €15,630 per annum
The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
- Registration/exam only fee: £160
Adult Education for Social Change (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship
Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Adult Education for Social Change. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include University of Tallinn (Estonia), University of Malta, Maynooth University (Ireland) and Open University of Cyprus.
Anne Paterson Scholarship
The scholarship fund has been established since 2018 from a generous legacy left to AoCPP by Anne Wingate Paterson who died in 2016. Anne was a dedicated member of AoCPP and left provision in her will to support an annual award for the study and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The fund details have been developed with the help and support of Anne’s surviving family, and we are grateful to them. Read more about Anne and the life she dedicated to protecting vulnerable children below.
The scholarship fund has been established to promote the study of child welfare and protection. It provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at a UK Higher Education Institute in the field of child abuse and/or neglect (CAN). Proposed studies must address one or more of the following:
- identification of CAN;
- research to have an impact of CAN in Scotland;
- effective responses to CAN;
- Prevention of CAN.
Banco de Mexico
The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.
Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia
The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement
CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.
CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)
The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.
Scholarship applications will close on Friday 10 January 2020. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the deadlines below.
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2020
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2020
Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.
Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 10 January 2020 complete with all required documents.
Please note that if you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you will be required to submit proof of English language proficiency by 1700 hours UK time 10 January 2020. Please see the Consortium website for more information.Apply now