MA International Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy)

Year of entry: 2024

Overview

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

We require a UK Bachelor's Honours degree with a First Class or Upper Second (2.1) class or the overseas equivalent in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an Education, Teaching or English-related degree should have a 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
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Benefit from outstanding teaching that draws on world-leading research.
  • Work with an international cohort of students and tutors representing perspectives from throughout the globe.
  • Focus on professional learning, underpinned by critical scholarship.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

MA (full-time) UK students (per annum): £12,500 International, including EU, students (per annum): £27,000

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

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.

Additional expenses

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).

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, including:
  • MIE Postgraduate (master’s) bursaries: 10 awards of £7,500 each (issued as a reduction in your tuition fees). All self-sponsored EU and international student with an offer to study on any MIE master’s programme are eligible.
  • Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarship: 20% scholarship in the form of a discount on the tuition fees of selected master’s programmes, available to applicants from a number of international countries.
  • Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme: £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 further information on available scholarships and bursaries as well as their full eligibility criteria, please visit our funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Telephone
School/Faculty
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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a UK Bachelor's Honours degree with a First Class or Upper Second (2.1) class or the overseas equivalent in Education, Teaching or English.

Applicants without an Education, Teaching or English-related degree should have a 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 .

This programme also accepts successful completion of the 6 and 10 Week Pre-sessional English Language course. We accept the following qualifications which must be valid on the start date of the Pre-sessional course.

Pre-sessional 6 Week Course Requirement:

IELTS - 6.0 Overall with 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill at 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

TOEFL iBT - 80 overall with 20 in writing, and 20 in speaking, with a minimum of 18 in all other subskills

Pearson PTE Academic or Academic UKVI - 65 overall with 65 in writing, no more than one subskill of 59 and no other subskill below 59.

Pre-sessional 10 Week Course Requirement:

IELTS - 5.5 overall with no element below 5.5

TOEFL iBT - 72 overall with 20 in speaking and no other element below 18

Pearson PTE Academic UKVI - 59 overall and no element below 59   

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.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

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

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:

  • copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report
  • 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;
  • two written references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, signed, dated and stamped by the referee and on official headed paper
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • your CV.

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents to avoid any 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 08 December 2023 ; Application update by 22 February 2024

• Stage 2: Application received by 03 March 2024 ; Application update by 25 April 2024

• Stage 3: Application received by 05 May 2024 ; Application update by 08 June 2024

• Stage 4: Application received by 01 July 2024 ; Application update by 25 July 2024

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.

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. 

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

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer and wish to be considered for the following year of entry, you will need to place a new application. Please be aware, there is no guarantee of receiving another offer, and offer conditions are subject to change in line with entry requirements. 

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 an international cohort of students 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 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.
  • We welcome many international students, and our qualifications are recognised across the globe.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by an international profile of world-leading researchers who focus on the broad field and professional practices of international education. This includes:
  • Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (an expert on higehr education internationalisation, and international student experience)
  • Dr Zhuo Min Huang (an expert on intercultural education, student experience, and creative methods)
  • Dr Jessica Gagnon (an expert on gender, inequality, social justice)
  • Dr Ümit Yıldız (an expert in racism)
  • 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 Rui He (an expert on acculturation experience and students’ mental wellbeing)
  • Dr Sylvie Lomer (an expert on international student mobility)
  • Dr Chae-Young Kim (an expert on childhood, poverty, inequality, and social justice)
  • Dr Josef Ploner (an expert in international higher educational research)
  • Dr Zeynep Onat-Stelma (an expert in TESOL)
  • Dr Helen Hanna (an expert in migration, school-based education, and citizenship education)
  • Dr Andrew Gunn (an expert in higher education, and social sciences)
  • 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)
  • Dr 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
Theories of Teaching and Learning EDUC60491 15 Mandatory
Internationalising the Curriculum EDUC70732 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
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
Introduction to Sustainability Education EDUC70661 15 Optional
Key Issues for English Language and Education EDUC70811 15 Optional
School Improvement EDUC70882 15 Optional
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Optional
Teacher Professional Learning EDUC70892 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 30 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 and are progressing to a postgraduate taught Masters course.

For more information, see our funding pages or search the University's postgraduate funding database.

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 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: 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.

For more information, see our careers and employability pages.