MA International Education

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year
Entry requirements

We require a UK Honours degree with a First or Upper Second (2.1) classification or the overseas equivalent  in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an education, teaching or English-related degree should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please note, this course is now closed for Overseas and Home applicants. Applications for 2023 entry will reopen in October.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y N N N

Course overview

  • We're ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Benefit from outstanding teaching that draws on world-leading research.
  • Work with a truly international cohort of students and tutors at the 23rd most international university worldwide (Times Higher Education 2020).
  • Focus on professional learning, underpinned by critical scholarship.

Open days

The University holds regular open days , where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses. 

You will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development, our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit  postgraduate fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students, such as the Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarship for entry 2022. For more information, please see our scholarship webpage .

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 bachelor's degree 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 .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
School of Environment, Education and Development +44 (0) 161 275 2814
Telephone
+44(0) 161 275 2814
Email
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a UK Honours degree with a First or Upper Second (2.1) classification or the overseas equivalent  in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an education, teaching or English-related degree should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Applicants without an Education, Teaching or English-related degree should have at least six months of relevant professional experience.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please note, this course is now closed for Overseas and Home applicants. Applications for 2023 entry will reopen in October.

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:

  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English, please provide official translations;
  • your CV;
  • copies of English Language Certification, such as IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report. 

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents to avoid delays.

Staged admissions process

As there is a high demand for our courses, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.

Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high-ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.

  • Stage 1 : Application received by 3 December 2021 ; Application update by 10 February 2022
  • Stage 2: Application received by 14 January 2022 ; Application update by 10 March 2022
  • Stage 3: Application received by 18 March 2022 ; Application update by 12 May 2022
  • Stage 4: Application received by 29 April 2022 ; Application update by 16 June 2022
  • Stage 5: Application received by 1 July 2022 ; Application update by 28 July 2022
  • Stage 6: Application received by 19 August 2022 ; Application update by 31 August 2022

While we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please note, all places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.

How your application is considered

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

For these and general requirements including English language see  accepted entry qualifications from your country

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MA International Education 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 international educational and community-based contexts. 

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

You'll work with a truly international cohort of students at the 23rd most international university worldwide (Times Higher Education 2020), representing multiple unique perspectives.  

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.

Aims

  • Develop participants' critical understanding of educational theories in order to enable an informed analysis of educational systems and practices in different countries.
  • Develop participants' capacity to engage in and use research to inform and develop both their practice and their understandings of differences in practice in different systems.
  • Raise participants' awareness of the influence of key concepts across international contexts, as well as the particularity of local contexts.
  • Develop participants' professional knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their prior and emerging professional interests.
  • Enable participants to gain evaluative and analytical skills that will help them to engage critically with education policies and practices across and within national systems.

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). 

Four unique specialist pathways, with tailored modules and expert dissertation supervision: 

Additional course information

Optional units available include: 

  • International development and education;
  • Intercultural Communication and Education;
  • Key Issues in English Language and Education;
  • Early Years Education;
  • Education leadership;
  • Examining Educational Policy;
  • Digital, Media and Information Literacy;
  • Language Learning and Technology;
  • Multimedia Design and Development;
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in international education;
  • Educating for Sustainability;
  • Higher education in international contexts;
  • Curriculum Internationalisation;
  • Employability in Education;
  • School Improvement;
  • Approaches and Methods in TESOL;
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning;
  • Professional Development for Teachers;
  • Intercultural Engagement and Work and in Communities;
  • Schools working with children, families and communities;
  • Social Justice, Poverty and Place from the Global to the Local. 

We have several units that offer practical approaches to teaching and several that include visits or placements in local community organisations or schools. 

Some restrictions may apply to optional unit choices to allow as many students as possible to access some opportunities for external visits and teaching practice.   

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through social sciences, including:

  • 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 international education, quality and rankings)
  • Dr Susie Miles (an expert on inclusive education in international contexts);
  • Professor Carlo Raffo (an expert on education and poverty, and educational equity in urban contexts)
  • Professor Julian Williams (an expert on mathematics teaching and critical pedagogy);
  • Dr Sylvie Lomer (an expert on international student mobility);
  • Dr Josef Ploner (an expert on international student migration and cultural industries);
  • Dr Zeynep Onat-Stelma (an expert in TESOL);
  • Prof Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership);
  • Prof Mel Ainscow (an international expert in inclusive education);
  • Dr Steven Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership);
  • Dr Miriam Firth (an expert on employability);
  • Dr Michael O'Donoghue (an expert in teaching and learning in higher education, and use of video);
  • Dr Heather Cockayne (an expert in distance learning and international student experience);
  • Dr Zhuo Min Huang (an expert in intercultural education and creative education);
  • Dr Nahielly Palacios-Gonzalez (an expert in English Language teacher identities);
  • Dr Alexander Baratta (an expert in English Language, and English teaching);
  • Dr Juup Stelma (an expert in teaching English as a second language);
  • Dr Drew Whitworth (an expert in digital media literacies);
  • Susan Brown (an expert in distance technology education and multimedia);
  • Dr Gary Motteram (an expert in language learning and technology). 

In addition to a wider team of contributors to the programme with varied expertise in multiple aspects of international education. 

Course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. We expect a high level of student participation in discussion and group work. 

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, four of which are core and four of which are optional. If you choose to study on a specialist pathway, you must choose the option associated with that pathway. 

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 or conceptual research project investigation of an aspect of international education, and is 15,000 words in length.

Course content for year 1

  • Concepts and Practices in International Education;
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning; 
  • Engaging with Education Research;
  • Educational Research Methods and Design. 

In addition to a wide range of optional units, and a research-based dissertation. 

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
Concepts and Practices of International Education EDUC71331 15 Mandatory
Dissertation MA International Education EDUC84000 60 Mandatory
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61712 15 Optional
Blended Learning in a Digital Age EDUC70032 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
Social Justice, Poverty and Place from the Global to the Local EDUC70252 15 Optional
Employability in Education EDUC70262 15 Optional
Schools working with children, families and communities EDUC70272 15 Optional
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in International Education EDUC70322 15 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Educational Leadership and Diversity EDUC70372 15 Optional
Early Years Education EDUC70491 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Education Policy EDUC70531 15 Optional
Higher Education in International Contexts EDUC70552 15 Optional
Intercultural Communication in Education EDUC70621 15 Optional
Approaches to Teaching and Learning EDUC70632 15 Optional
Internationalising the Curriculum EDUC70732 15 Optional
Key Issues for English Language and Education EDUC70811 15 Optional
School Improvement EDUC70882 15 Optional
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Optional
Professional Development for Teachers EDUC70892 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71232 15 Optional
AI Perspectives on Learning EDUC71242 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 33 course units

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), 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 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. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) graduates go on to shape education policy and practice through positions in NGOs and in the public and private sector. 

Potential careers include: 

  • teaching;
  • lecturing;
  • research;
  • teacher education;
  • educational administration;
  • leadership;
  • consultancy;
  • publishing;
  • testing;
  • Assessment.

Careers support  

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service  that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. 

At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability

Careers support for international students  

The Careers Service provide specialist resources, advice and events for international students to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester. 

Global Networks  

The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community  of any campus-based university in the UK. 

International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country. It is an opportunity to build professional and social networks.