Comparative Education and International Development (CEID)

University of Edinburgh


Holyrood Campus


The MSc Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) programme provides you with both an academic foundation in the theories, issues, and current debates in comparative education and international development and the flexibility to follow your professional interests through a wide range of option courses.

You may find the MSc CEID is a suitable qualification if you are interested in:
research; higher education internationalisation offices; civil society and non-governmental organisations; international organisations; public sector.

In addition, the programme provides a good foundation for those that want to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree.

In the programme a social justice perspective is adopted, with expert faculty sharing cross-national and cross-cultural examples from around the world, to help you understand how the global and local shape education policy and the role education plays in various aspects of development, including health, peacebuilding, and citizenship.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Education, Demography, Global Studies, Public Policy, Regional Studies, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, International Studies, Politics, Human Geography, Social Research, Economics, Public Health, Population Studies, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Sustainability.

Entrance to the MSc programmes is competitive. Relevant work experience or the completion of a masters degree is not required but is given substantial consideration and may increase your chances of acceptance.

Preference will be given to those with qualifications above the minimum requirements, or those who have a competitive combinations of undergraduate, relevant masters degree, and substantial relevant work experience.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Education and Sport (Moray House School of Education)

SCQF Level