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MA in International Higher Education Management

A part-time two-year course for higher education professionals who want to progress to senior leadership positions.

Invest in your future. Discover your potential. Lead your career.

Our MA in International Higher Education Management (IHEM) is one of a few Master’s degrees focusing on higher education management in a global context. We’ve designed this course for higher education professionals who want to progress to senior leadership positions.

The MA IHEM is a part-time two year course starting 16 May 2022. A blend of online and face-to-face learning, it combines two residentials in Bath with online learning, and assessment.

We want to help shape the next-generation of higher education management leaders. You will:

  • learn how internationalisation impacts the daily challenges of managing a modern university
  • discover, share and examine best practice from around the world
  • equip yourself with the skills to improve management at your own institution

We want to inspire our graduates to push for change throughout the higher education sector.

We want to give you the practical skills and experience to advance your career. Instead of a traditional dissertation, you’ll do a six-month international consultancy project. You might want to look at an issue at your own institution or you might find someone on the course who can help get you access to work in a different country. This will allow you to apply best practice and demonstrate your expertise.

We’ve designed a programme of taught units to help you to become a more effective leader. Subjects include big data analytics, research and teaching management, and managing change.

A leading reputation in higher education management

Learn from renowned experts, including Professors Rajani Naidoo and Jürgen Enders. See video for a recent webinar on the future of higher education leadership featuring Rajani.

Higher education management is a specialist field. You will be taught by experienced higher education managers from our International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) and the Bath DBA.

Research from ICHEM impacts higher education across the globe. It brings together higher education experts from over 25 countries. They work with governments, higher education institutions and international organisations to create positive change. ICHEM researches innovative management strategies to prepare tomorrow’s higher education leaders, including our new class of MA students.

An MA made for busy higher education professionals

A flexible course made for you.

The MA IHEM is structured to fit around the commitments of a modern higher education professional. This part-time course is delivered online and through two 12-day residential visits. This gives you the flexibility you need to study and work full-time.

We’ve designed the course to give you real and relevant experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn to your work.

Who the course is for

The MA IHEM is ideal for a range of managers working in higher education institutions. From HR managers to marketing and student recruitment professionals, to academic staff moving into management positions, this course will develop your skills and knowledge in this constantly-changing environment.

A modern way of learning

Study online in-between residentials.

The MA IHEM will focus on online, collaborative, problem-based learning. Our e-learning platform will let you work at your own pace. You’ll be able to access learning materials, webinars and tutorials and interact with tutors. The MA IHEM is all about collaboration. You will work with your peers on projects and receive guidance and support from your tutors.

Share experiences at our study residentials

During the course, you will attend two 12-day residentials and these teaching blocks will take place in Bath from 16-27 May 2022. Each residential will focus on a specific theme, and you’ll learn about the latest research and practice.

Explore Bath

There’s a real sense of community and friendly atmosphere in Bath and on our campus. The city has a rich history, famous for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture. Bath is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Why not extend your stay after the residential and see what Bath has to offer?

Make friends, make connections

The residentials are a great way to develop your professional network. Work with our experts and build relationships with your coursemates. Creating connections is a key focus of our residentials.

Find out why DBA student Amine Moussa loves residentials


Find out if you’re eligible for a scholarship.

You can apply for a scholarship to support your studies. It will cover up to 40% of your total course fees.

You'll need to submit a statement no more than 500 words. A panel of faculty members will consider your application based on:

  • the potential contributions you will make to higher education management practice at your institution through the course
  • your financial need or other circumstances that might prevent you from taking part
  • partnerships you or your institution have with the University of Bath or the School of Management. This includes international activities.

You must complete the scholarship form alongside your MA IHEM application. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2022.

Find out more about the MA in International Higher Education Management

Course structure, fees, entry requirements and how to apply.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course, please get in touch.