MAInternational Education

Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world.

Taught by active researchers with leading international education perspectives.

Improve your career prospects – you’ll graduate ideally placed for professional, management, and education roles.

International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies and promoting equity and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, the course asks you to think deeply about questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development.


We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education.

We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches. This will prepare you for writing your dissertation in the final trimester, in which you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular area of international education through in-depth research.

We’ll support you to complete your dissertation studies within a range of institutions and organisations involved in national and international education, including policy and advocacy organisations; schools, colleges and universities; NGOs and international organisations.

Course structure

Trimester 1

In your first trimester, you’ll study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits).

Trimester 2

In the second trimester, you’ll study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award.

Trimester 3

In your third trimester, you’ll research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.

You’ll benefit from a rich and stimulating learning environment. The course is taught by active researchers with up-to-date knowledge of International Education.

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

Some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, while others may be in the evening or at weekends. We make use of online teaching using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva.



Career opportunities include:

  • Professional, leadership and management roles within learning institutions: schools, colleges and universities.
  • Professional, leadership and management roles within the range of organisations involved in providing learning resources, opportunities and assessment: NGOs, education publishers; education development projects and organisations.
  • Policy roles at a range of levels in the education sectors: local and central government; education administration; national governments and international organisations.


You’ll typically have an undergraduate degree in Education or a related Social Science discipline, this will have given you some preparation for developing your understanding of policy in its political, economic and social context. You may have a background in international or development work, which may include overseas education.

The programme is designed to meet the employment needs of those who are likely to work nationally or internationally in education-related fields. For international, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,800 / part-time: £3,400
  • International students full-time: £12,500
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Last updated August 29, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
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