Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you continued success during your time with us.

As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the MA IEG programme, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the University and to the Department. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September. This is a very important week in which we will introduce you to the Department of Education, the MAIEG programme, the units you will be studying and orientate you to studying at Masters level. You will also have the opportunity to meet me, as your Director of Studies, your tutors (personal and academic), the Head of the Department of Education and other students in the Department.

Support available in your Department

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. You can contact me as your Director of Studies (edsecbh@bath.ac.uk), or the programme administrator, Heather Kubiak (email: education-ieg@bath.ac.uk) for support.

You will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

At the bottom of this page you will find some suggested preparation to help familiarise yourself with the field of international education and globalisation before you commence your studies with us.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list.

Choosing your optional units

You will be asked to select your optional unit choices during Welcome Week via our Student Record system. You will find out more information about how to do this during your Departmental induction talks. However, you may like to look at the Programme Catalogues online before you arrive, so you can see the options available on your programme. The catalogue for the forthcoming academic year is available from the second week of August.

During induction week, we will hold an ‘options fair’ on Thursday 27 September at 16.15 BST. In this session, unit convenors will give brief presentations of optional units, to help you make an informed decision about which options to choose.

You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes,

Elisabeth Barratt Hacking, (edsecbh@bath.ac.uk)
Director of Studies, MA International Education and Globalisation

Preparation for your MA IEG studies

Global Monitoring Report 2015

This report will be very helpful in preparing for your studies on the course as it reviews the state of education globally. The most useful parts to read will be the executive summary and overview sections (you do not need to read the whole report). You can then look at any other chapters that interest you. It will be especially useful to find out about:

  • the Education for All goals established in 2000
  • progress that has been made towards the goals
  • key lessons for shaping the post-2015 global education agenda

Read the report

Film: ‘International Education and the Promotion of Intercultural Understanding’

Dr Mary Hayden, the Head of the Department of Education and one of our course lecturers, features on this film.

Globalisation and the incorporation of education

It will be helpful to start to read and think about the concept of globalisation and how this relates to education.

Read the introduction

Introductory texts for education studies

If you have not studied Education as a discipline before or for some time I recommend that you read one introductory text to the subject from the following:

  • Bartlett, S and Burton, D (2012) Introduction to Education Studies Third Edition Sage
  • Matheson, D (2008) An Introduction to the Study of Education. David Fulton Books
  • Thomas, G (2013) Education: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press