Explore the relationship between education and environmental, technological and social change. Critically analyse international initiatives, education performance, and development issues. Reflect on your environment and influence change in education.

Through this course, you’ll be introduced to the international landscape of education and develop your understanding of how globalisation has changed the way that education is understood and practised around the world.

You’ll explore international comparisons of schools and universities, the challenges of identifying and borrowing good educational practices from other places, and the emerging global trends that educators must prepare for today. You’ll also consider big issues such as the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on education and jobs, as well as gaining practical skills in building international partnerships and conducting research-based interventions.

Understanding how local needs related to global trends is vital for international education and developing this ability is an important part of the course.

You’ll learn from lecturers who have experience teaching and researching all around the world. You’ll bring questions and challenges from your own contexts and benefit from investigating them in conversation with a diverse range of other critical perspectives.

You’ll also complete a case study project where you’ll investigate how globalisation is changing education in particular places. You could be working on anything from educational policy and governance to leading change in schools or developing international perspectives in classroom practice.

We will actively encourage you to investigate familiar educational contexts from new perspectives and to discover new approaches to education, including through developing international partnerships.

Features and Benefits

  • You’ll gain methodological skills in comparative education, critical policy analysis and education research.
  • You’ll have opportunities to explore education systems in different parts of the world.
  • You’ll work in small groups with the opportunity to negotiate topics and assessments that connect to your interests.
  • You’ll develop international connections that you can take forward into your future study and work.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete a Practice-Based Project, where you’ll observe lessons and practitioners in an educational setting.
  • This course is one of five degrees that makes up our Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme (PgRECS) and you’ll be part of a community of postgraduate learners.

Career Prospects

You could develop a career in educational leadership or policymaking, or you might choose to work in international development.

You might also pursue a career in non-formal education settings, such as working for a museum or charity.

Entry Requirements

Standard MMU admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Course Details

On our master's degree in International Education, you’ll consider global challenges to education.

You’ll analyse education systems around the world to find out what you can learn from these systems, and ways you can address issues of inequality in education.

In the first term, you’ll typically study the research design process, including how to formulate research questions and data collection approaches. This is to help you learn the skills you’ll need for your dissertation.

You’ll usually begin working on your dissertation in the second term (January onwards). You’re allocated a supervisor and you’ll have enhancement sessions to support you with tasks such as literature reviews, writing for academic purposes, and data analysis.

You can also attend the regular research seminars run by our on-campus research group, the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI). This includes our weekly ‘beginner’s guide’ lectures where guest speakers discuss theories. Past topics include Alfred North Whitehead, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault.

Core units

  • International Education: Comparisons, Policy and Practice
  • Introduction to Education and Social Research Design
  • Dissertation

Option units (choose two)

  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability & Special Educational Needs
  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Practice-based Project
  • Independent Study
  • Shaping the Future: Working in International Education Environments


UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in the study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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Sep 2019
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