MA International Education and Globalisation

Qualifications and durations

  • MA International Education and Globalisation (90 credits)

This is a full-time, one year programme which runs from September to September.


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This programme will give you an unparalleled opportunity to study international education and globalisation, as they intersect, at master’s level.

International education and globalisation are challenging and contested concepts; in this programme you will analyse the meaning, scope and dimensions of international education and globalisation (as they intersect). You will also consider relevant educational purposes, methods and approaches in international education.

Importantly, you will engage in the critical analysis of the assumptions and evidence that underpin change and reform to policy and practice in international education.

The programme will provide cutting edge knowledge, skills and understandings at the intersection between the two fields of study so that you can make a significant future contribution to international education. For example, you will explore the implications of a shifting global educational landscape such as how to prepare learners for an increasingly connected and mobile global society.

You will be equipped to:

  • critically analyse and apply research in the fields of international education and globalisation (as they intersect)
  • undertake small scale research yourself.

Your prior educational experience will be valued as a source of evidence. You will be encouraged to analyse, share and build on these experiences as a basis for collective learning. As such we welcome students with a diversity of experience and interests, including those with:

  • professional experience in formal or informal education, charities, non-governmental organisations or governmental organisations
  • aspirations to pursue a career or research in international education and globalisation
  • aspirations for promotion in international and global education contexts.

Programme features

  • unique amongst master’s programmes in education, with a focus on the interrelationships between international education and globalisation
  • a distinctive focus on bridge building between practice and theory throughout all elements of the programme
  • an excellent way to develop your research skills or progress to doctoral level study
  • prepares you to make a significant future contribution to practice and policy in international education
  • will help you to fast track your career; the international education sector increasingly requires master’s level qualifications for promoted posts (completing this in 12 months is an efficient way to progress your career)
  • you will have access to cutting edge research and international experts in the fields of international education and globalisation.

You can find out more about this programme by viewing a recording of a webinar.

Programme structure

This is a 90 credit programme, that follows a semester-based structure (one 12 credit core unit is provided across the two semesters, while two other 12 credit units are delivered per semester).

Core Units

You must study all four units in addition to the Dissertation.

  • Research Methods in International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Taught across Semester one and two)
  • Education in an International and Global Context (12 credits) (Semester one)
  • Education, Globalisation and Change for International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Semester one)
  • Learning and Culture (12 credits) (Semester two)
  • Dissertation: International Education and Globalisation (30 credits) (March-September)

Optional units

You must select one of the following units (your choice will depend on your interests in either; leading educational innovation, or, education and development in low and middle income countries).

  • Education and International Development (12 credits) (Semester two)
  • Leading Educational Innovation in International Education and Globalisation (12 credits) (Semester two)

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

Learning and teaching

This programme is research-led but is also informed by professional perspectives in international education. Throughout the programme your prior (international) education experience will be valued as a source of evidence.

Learning and teaching takes place through lectures, workshops and seminars blended with on line learning opportunities and group/ individual study. You will become increasingly independent as the year progresses and as you work towards your Dissertation with the support of an expert supervisor.

Methods of assessment

A variety of formative assessment methods will be used throughout the programme to review your progress and support your further learning. You will have opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills using a range of assessment methods.

The Dissertation unit is assessed by a 15,000 word research report.

Assessment of other units will include:

  • formal academic style writing tasks (5,000 words in total)
  • tasks in which you communicate your learning via different media (such as webpages and podcasts) and in different styles depending on audience (disseminating to researchers, policymakers and practitioners for examples).


This programme will enable you to make a significant future contribution in the fields of international education and globalisation; we are committed to ensuring that you acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills (including employability skills).

Our graduates will go on to work in a wide variety of education-related careers, such as:

  • teaching or lecturing in international education contexts (such as international colleges and schools, English medium schools, schools in low and middle income countries)
  • teacher education posts worldwide
  • leadership roles in international education or globalisation
  • administration in international education or globalisation
  • research in universities or other organisations (government, business, voluntary and international)
  • educational policy makers or analysts (at local, national, international levels)
  • education roles in charities and NGOs.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • a good undergraduate degree (first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university, or
  • non-honours degree candidates can be considered where they have at least two years' substantial experience in a relevant field or sector

The minimum non-graduate qualifications acceptable for admission are:

  • an advanced diploma in education, and at least two years of relevant experience, or
  • a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of two satisfactory years of higher education) and at least two years of relevant experience.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in each component, listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
  • PTE Academic of 62 overall with no less than 59 in any element

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the Master's degree programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.


  • One academic reference is required.

How to apply

You can must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Fees and funding


Potential sources of funding


  • 30 June 2016 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
  • 31 August 2016 for Home/EU students.


Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6634

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