MA International Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

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. 


  • 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
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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.


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: