Postgraduate taught 

Education Policies for Global Development (Erasmus Mundus International Master) IntM

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This programme promotes an interdisciplinary and critical approach to education policy analysis for students interested in the field of international cooperation and development. In the context of globalisation, education is more than ever a condition for social inclusion and a sustainable development.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • This interdisciplinary programme draws on theories and methods from comparative education research, education policy analysis and international development studies.
  • Mobility periods are designed to maximise a coherent learning experience in different institutional settings and cultures.
  • The teaching team combines expertise and research experience in several parts of the world, including South and Central America, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab World, and Western and Eastern Europe.
  • Internships with our cooperation partners will offer you the opportunity to acquire professional experience and to develop and apply your practical skills in a real work environment.
  • You will have the opportunity to enhance your methodological and analytical skills by developing your own research project and by carrying out fieldwork in a developing context.
  • This degree is awarded by a consortium comprised of Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Glasgow, University of Bremen and University of Cyprus.

Programme structure

Courses in semester 1 are offered by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In semester 2 you will study at the University of Glasgow or University of Bremen, based on your chosen pathway. In semester 3 you will undertake an internship with one of our cooperation partners and carry out fieldwork in a developing context. A mandatory winter school hosted by the University of Cyprus will take place in January between semester 3 and 4. In semester 4 you will work on your dissertation under staff supervision from one of the partners, dependent on your choice of topic.

Year 1 – semester 1 (September – December)

Autonomous University of Barcelona

  • Actors in education and development
  • Basic research methods
  • Doing research on education and development
  • Educational development, poverty and global inequalities
  • Global education policies
  • Theories of social justice in education.

Year 1 – semester 2 (January – May)

Pathway A: University of Glasgow - International comparative education

  • Advanced research methods
  • Education and theories of international development
  • Researching international and comparative education.

Pathway B: University of Bremen- Global, social and education policies

  • Advanced research methods
  • Governance and education
  • Inequality, education and justice.

Year 2 – semester 3 (September – December)

  • Fieldwork
  • Internship.

Winter school (January)

  • Hosted by University of Cyprus.

Year 2 - semester 4: (January – July)

  • Dissertation (Barcelona/Glasgow/Bremen/Cyprus)

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.

Career prospects

Graduates will be equipped for careers as analysts, consultants, administrators, policy makers and leaders in the design and implementation of education plans, whether in local, regional or national governments, international organisations, NGOs or large-scale education providers operating in developed or developing countries.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21


Please note that applications for Education Policies for Global Development are processed by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. For more information about tuition fees please visit the consortium website.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
  • Registration/exam only fee: £160

Funding opportunities

Education Policies for Global Development (Erasmus Mundus International Master) Scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the Education Policies for Global Development Erasmus Mundus International Master. Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this multiple Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include The University of Glasgow, University of Bremen and University of Cyprus. 

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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.
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Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one year Master’s degree at universities across the UK. There are over 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

For further information, please refer to the Chevening website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission hosts both the Fulbright scholarship programme and the EducationUSA advising network for the UK. The Commission focuses on opportunities and exchanges between the USA and the UK, as part of a global programme. The Fulbright Awards are now open and there are several postgraduate or research project awards available. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is committed to growing the numbers of applications and participants in the UK Fulbright Postgraduate programme from under-represented groups and to continuing fair access to the programme and the Fulbright Opportunity Fund will be available for the first time in the 2020-21 application cycle.

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The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject. For full details, including English language requirements, visit the  GLOBED consortium website.

How to apply

Applications are handled by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. 

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