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International Higher Education Management MA

2 years, starting in May 2022

This course is closed to applications for May 2022 entry.

A part-time course designed to help higher education professionals progress to leadership positions. Online delivery lets you learn at your own pace.

The MA IHEM is a part-time two year course. 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

Instead of a traditional dissertation, you’ll do a six-month international consultancy project. This will allow you to apply best practice and demonstrate your expertise. Get the practical skills and experience to advance your career.

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.

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

An MA made for busy higher education professionals

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.

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.

Read more about the course, including residentials and the experts you'll be learning with.

2021/22 Academic Year

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

We understand that you will want to know more about the shape of the next academic year (2021-22). We have been working hard and planning for different scenarios, in order to be able to welcome you to the University of Bath at the start of semester.

Find out about our plans for offering a safe campus experience for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 years. It starts in May 2022 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 9 May 2022.

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.


The MA in International Higher Education Management is a blend of online and face-to-face learning. It combines two residentials in Bath with online learning and assessment.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Project unit

A consulting project based on a problem in your own institution or another international higher education context. Taking place over the last six months of the course, you’ll receive plenty of academic support and practical research guidance.

Learning and assessment


  • Interaction and networking
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Real-life case studies


  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Other

Recognition of professional qualifications

As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).

The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.

A studio portrait of DBA student Amine Moussa
‘The residentials play a major part in bringing us closer together and developing a strong global network.’
Amine Moussa DBA in Higher Education Management (Graduating year, 2024)

Entry requirements

Work experience

A satisfactory record of extended and responsible work experience in a relevant role in higher education.

Academic requirements

At least one of:

  • a first or second class honours degree, or international equivalent, awarded by an approved institution
  • a relevant postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate awarded by an approved institution

We will also require a strong GMAT score from:

  • candidates who do not have a degree, but have ten or more years' experience working in higher education, including some at a managerial level
  • candidates who do not have five years' experience working in higher education, but have strong academic qualifications and other relevant experience

English language

Students whose first language is not English must have:

  • an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking must be at least 6.5

Find out more on the IELTS website.

If you would like to discuss the entry requirements, please contact Dr Dan Davies (

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for International Higher Education Management MA


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

Learn how we decide fee status

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

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 21 February 2022.

Submit your scholarship application

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


You may need to pay extra costs for your course. These can cover things like:

  • travel, accommodation and food
  • textbooks and stationery
  • software not currently licensed by the University
  • printing and binding of your dissertation
  • graduation gown hire

Application information

  • Course title
    International Higher Education Management
  • Final award
  • Mode of study
    Part-time, online
  • Course code
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • Home application deadline
    28 February 2022

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full.

  • Overseas application deadline
    28 February 2022

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full. We may consider late applications but if you need a Student Visa to study in the UK, you will need time to apply for and receive your visa to be in the UK by the start of the course.

  • Application eligibility
    Home and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Course enquiries

Apply for 2022 entry