MA Adult Learning and Global Change

Linköping University

Program Description

MA Adult Learning and Global Change

Linköping University

MA Adult Learning and Global Change, 60 credits

In every part of the world, governments are urging citizens to train and educate themselves in order to stay competitive in the global economy.

Advocates of this argument claim that regional or local trade arrangements are no longer viable in a world where connective technologies can influence resources and purchasing power with a simple mouse click. However, critical discourses on globalisation require the ability to learn in situations that span vast cultural and geographic divides. Moreover, working globally calls for “fluency” in several cultures.

Four universities - one programme

The programme is designed as a unique collaboration between four universities on four different continents:

  • Linköping University, Linköping (Sweden)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)
  • University of Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Monash University, Melbourne (Australia).

All four universities are equal partners. Students at Linköping University learn together with students from the other partner universities as a global class and go through courses provided by the partner universities, making the programme truly international. The different partner universities provide courses such as:

  • Adult learning: contexts and perspectives
  • Work and learning
  • Fostering learning in practice
  • Global/local learning.

The programme won the 2005 Curriculum Innovation Award, granted by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

Learning outcomes

The programme is intended for students who wish to understand adult learning in the framework of global change. The content will benefit people working in formal, as well as informal, educational settings, such as business and industry, activist organisations, government institutions or administration, non-governmental organisations, healthcare and numerous other settings where discourses on globalisation influence people’s lives.

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  • learn and teach globally
  • use global connective technologies
  • understand knowledge-based societies and their implications for learning
  • understand globalisation discourses
  • develop cultural sensibilities and sensitivities
  • develop an equality perspective for learning and re-framing their own professional practices.

Career opportunities

Following the final examination, students will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work in different formal and informal adult learning organisations. Alternatively, students may continue their academic career in further projects.

Programme facts

  • Degree: Master of Arts and Social Science with a major in Adult Learning
  • Language: English
  • Duration: Two years, 60 credits
  • Pace of study: Part-time
  • Campus: Online distance learning
  • Application code: LIU-91200
  • Application period: 16 Oct - 15 Jan
  • Start date: August / September

Tuition fees

Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

All others: SEK 110,000 (approx. USD 16,100/EUR 12,000) per academic year

Programme specific requirements

A bachelor's degree, including a bachelor’s essay or project, with a major in education, adult learning or another subject relevant to the field of adult learning.

Each applicant must enclose a letter of intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor's essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor's essay or project, then their letter of intent should describe previous studies and any other academic activities related to the master's programme.

All supporting documents, including the letter of intent and the specific paper, should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE–838 73 Frösön, Sweden.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Part time
110,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 110,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

Adult Learning and Global Change at Linköping University