MA International Education (Higher Education) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

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Jinxuan Song / MA International Education

MA Education International (Higher 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 within the area of higher education.

You will work with an international, diverse cohort of staff and students. 

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


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

Special features

  • Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890.
  • Our students and teaching staff come from all over the world, and our qualifications are recognised across the globe.

Unique specialist pathways, with tailored modules and expert dissertation supervision:

  • MA International Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy)
  • MA International Education (Higher Education)
  • MA International Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • MA International Education (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • MA International Education (Globalisation and International Development)

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.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice using the 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). 

This is 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 to all students, one is core to this pathway, and three 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 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;
  • Higher Education in International Contexts;
  • 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
Research Methods II EDUC60452 15 Mandatory


The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) which has its own Student Hub. Here you'll find all your teaching staff and support staff as well as a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is based 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. Email: