MA Education (International) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

MA Education (International) will provide you with the opportunity to engage in structured study of, and reflection upon, the application of educational theories, ideas and concepts to a range of educational and community-based contexts.

The course has been designed for teachers and other education professionals working in a range of settings, and is ideal if you're looking to develop your career by securing new posts or promotion.

You'll work with a highly diverse and international cohort of students representing perspectives from across the globe.

The course offers a unique combination of policy and practice-based perspectives on education, and is taught by outstanding, world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice using the social sciences.


  • Develop your critical understanding of key concepts in educational theory.
  • Develop your understanding of the influence of context upon education.
  • Develop your professional knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Provide you with the evaluative and analytical skills needed to critique education policy and practice.
  • Develop your capacity to engage in research to inform and develop practice.

Special features

  • Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890.
  • Our students come from all over the globe, and our qualifications are recognised across the globe.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through using the social sciences. This includes:

  • Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (an expert on issues around international student experience);
  • Dr Kirstin Kerr (an expert on education and poverty);
  • Dr Miguel Lim (an expert on higher education policy and internationalisation);
  • Dr Susie Miles (known internationally for her specialist knowledge of inclusion and disability in developing country contexts);
  • Dr Sylvie Lomer (an expert on international student mobility);
  • Prof Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership);
  • Prof Mel Ainscow (an international expert in inclusive education);
  • Prof Mel West (a leading expert in school improvement and school effectiveness);
  • Prof Michael Apple (the world's leading critical educationalist);
  • Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership).

Course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. Comprehensive training is provided in the use of electronic resources.

We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced teachers, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

Coursework and assessment

You will study four course units in each semester, six of which are core and two of which are optional.

The form of assessment varies by course unit. However, most involve a 3,000-word written assessment, which may be in the form of an essay, a critical review of literature, or a research report. Formative and summative feedback is provided.

The dissertation is the report of an empirical research project investigation of an aspect of education, and is 15,000 words in length.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engaging with Education Research EDUC60011 15 Mandatory
Research Methods II EDUC60452 15 Mandatory
Theories of Teaching and Learning EDUC60491 15 Mandatory
International Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in Education EDUC70322 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70382 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70882 15 Mandatory
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Mandatory
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61712 15 Optional
Language Learning and Technology EDUC70061 15 Optional
Psychology of Language Learning EDUC70091 15 Optional
The Education of Language Teachers EDUC70132 15 Optional
Approaches and Methods in TESOL EDUC70162 15 Optional
Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Leading Educational Change and Development EDUC70352 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Education Policy EDUC70531 15 Optional
Higher Education in International Contexts EDUC70552 15 Optional
Approaches to Teaching and Learning EDUC70632 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71230 15 Optional
AI Perspectives on Learning EDUC71242 15 Optional
Concepts and Practices of International Education EDUC71331 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 24 course units

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education, which has its own Student Hub. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff. It is also a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

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