Adult Education for Social Change - International Master - IMAESC

The International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (IMAESC) is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in adult education and as preparation for further academic study through a PhD programme. It 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.

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 International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (IMAESC). IMAESC brings together European and international universities, VET institutions, private companies, community-based organisations and policy units who recognise that Adult Education for Social Change is a powerful tool in producing competent, critical citizens and for developing just, equitable and democratic societies.

Subjects taught

IMAESC is a 24 month full-time programme with three mandatory mobility periods and an optional summer school.

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.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject.

Application dates

How to Apply

For more information and how to apply see the University of Glasgow website

A number of scholarships are available on this programme, notably the Erasmus Mundus scholarships which cover

contribution to the student participation costs (including tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students' participation in the programme)

contribution to student travel and installation cost
monthly subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the programme

Please NOTE:

Scholarship applications will close on 14 January 2022. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the deadlines below.

International applications (non-EU): 25 July 2022
UK and EU applications: 31 August 2022


24 month full-time

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Graduates will be equipped with the academic knowledge, research skills, and practical employability skills through this jointly developed and delivered programme. You may find employment teaching and facilitating change in 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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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