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Postgraduate Certificate in International Education (PGCiE)

Give yourself an edge in international education by choosing this specialist part-time qualification.

Course overview

With increasing numbers worldwide of international schools, and schools offering courses such as the International Baccalaureate, international education is an increasingly important phenomenon.

If you are a teacher or leader in this field, or looking to take on such a role, this Postgraduate Certificate in International Education (PGCiE) will provide you with sought-after skills and knowledge to boost your career.

During this course, you will explore issues relating to education in an international context, considering what it means to offer an international curriculum, the concept of culture, and issues relating to international schools.

There’s also the option to explore curriculum issues in greater depth, or to focus more on understanding issues relating to learning in an international context.

The final unit encourages you to reflect on what you have studied so far, and how it relates to your own professional practice.

Our Department of Education conducts research into international education, international schools and international curricula including the International Baccalaureate. You’ll be working with staff who are researchers themselves, who teach and supervise research on master’s courses and doctoral programmes, and who publish books and articles in this field.

We have strong links with international education organisations, including the International Baccalaureate and Fieldwork Education (developers of the International Primary Curriculum, International Middle Years Curriculum and International Early Years Curriculum).

Flexible and collaborative learning

You can choose to study this course in a variety of ways

All units are self-led and online, meaning you can complete this course entirely through distance learning. But you can combine this with short periods of face-to-face learning at our Summer School or one of our Study Centres that take place across the world.

However you choose to study your units, you will interact and collaborate with other students and tutors as you learn. You will receive online support for your coursework assignments and have access to a wealth of online resources via the University library.

Please note: Units studied during a Summer School or Study Centre will still require you to work through and complete the materials online. Summer Schools and Study Centres are designed to complement and enhance your self-led, distance learning.

Flexible study options

You can study your chosen units in different ways. All methods include self-led learning, but you can experience face-to-face teaching to enhance your experience at our Summer School or one of our global Study Centres for some units.

Summer School

Start your unit with face-to-face teaching sessions on our Bath campus. You'll meet staff and students, and be able to exchange ideas with other educators from all around the world.

Study Centres

Join a Study Centre in one of many countries across the world. You'll benefit from face-to-face teaching led by a University of Bath lecturer.

Distance Learning (online)

All units on this course are available to study online. Distance learning is self-led and can be completed flexibly around your other commitments.

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Career prospects

With enhanced understanding of international education and related issues, and a specialist qualification in this field, you will be in a strong position to develop your career.

While this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, a specialist postgraduate qualification in international education is regarded by many schools to be excellent support for teaching or leading in an international context.

There’s also the option to continue your studies with the part-time MA Education and a doctoral qualification, such as our part-time Doctor of Education (EdD).

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Course structure

This course takes 1 to 2 years to complete. You can choose when to start your studies through Summer School, Study Centres or distance learning.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory units

This course lasts between 1 and 2 years, and requires the completion of 3 units. You must complete your units within 2 years.

You should complete the units in the order below.

  1. Education in an international context
  2. either Curriculum studies or Understanding learners and learning
  3. Educational enquiry (consisting of a reflective assignment drawing on both issues studied in the first two units and your own practice)

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Essay

Changes to teaching

Study Centres

We are expecting our 2023 Study Centres to be in-person, but this may change in line with government guidance.

Summer School

We plan to host our 2023 Summer School in Bath. This may change in line with government guidance.

If you are unable to attend the Summer School, you can choose instead to study the units via distance learning or, should the unit be made available this year, by attending a virtual Study Centre. You will be able to discuss your options with your Director of Studies nearer the time.

Our on-campus provision has been developed to be flexible in the face of possible changes in public health advice. If the UK government restricts how we can deliver the campus-based elements of your course through social distancing measures or a lockdown, we will make alternative arrangements.

We will announce alternative arrangements. Please check back here regularly.

Entry requirements

View the entry requirements for this course.

To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject.

British qualifications

You should have:

  • a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above, or
  • a degree that is not a 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) plus at least 2 years of relevant experience in a relevant field or sector, or
  • a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of 2 satisfactory years of higher education) plus at least 2 years of relevant experience in a relevant field or sector.

Minimum non-graduate qualifications

  • an advanced diploma in education and at least 2 years of relevant experience or
  • a teaching qualification (gained after at least the equivalent of 2 satisfactory years of higher education) and at least 2 years of relevant experience.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree (for example, professional experience in education).

If your first language is not English, but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Requirements for your country

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English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for this course.


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

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Tuition fees

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Extra costs

You must pay a deposit of £200 per unit if studying at the University of Bath. This is non-refundable but will be deducted from the total unit cost.

There is an administration charge of £50 per unit, if studying at the University of Bath. Local administration charges will apply for Study Centres.

You must pay the cost of attending the Summer School or Study Centres if you choose those routes. This includes travel, breakfast and evening meals and accommodation. You must cover the costs of IT equipment to enable participation on the course from a distance.

How to pay

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, or bank transfer.

Read more about your payment options


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

If you undertake a Summer School or Study Centre then you will be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink, alongside any unit and registration fees.

Application information

View key information about this course.

Course title: International Education

Final award: Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Mode of study: Distance learning, Part-time

Course code: THED-APC32

Department: Department of Education

Location: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

UK/EU application deadline: Various

Overseas deadline: Various

Application eligibility: UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Regulator: The Office for Students (OfS)

Apply for this course

Apply to start this course or attend one of our Study Centres. This course has multiple start dates.

PGCiE course

Distance Learning part-time, starting 1 October 2023

  • Application deadline: 5 August 2023

Study Centres

PGCiE Study Centres (Qatar) (distance learning part-time) starting 19 May 2023

  • Unit: Curriculum Studies (ED50307)
  • Application deadline: 1 May 2023. (current students), 12 April 2023 (new students)

PGCiE Study Centres (Jordan) (distance learning part-time) starting 7 June 2023

  • Unit: Curriculum Studies (ED50307)
  • Application deadline: 10 May 2023. (current students), 12 April 2023 (new students)

We will add more confirmed dates and locations to this list as we arrange further Study Centre sessions.

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