Global and International Education, MA

MA Global and International Education

Year of entry

Our MA is an innovative degree that offers a challenging and engaging course of study for anyone interested in the field of global and international education. The course responds to the sometimes rapid changes to education on a global and international scale.

It is suitable for anyone with an interest in education on a global and international scale, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or who wish to work in governmental and non-governmental roles both nationally and internationally.

You will study a multidisciplinary postgraduate degree course consisting of six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation. It can be studied full-time over the course of one year, or up to three years part-time.

There are two compulsory modules designed to introduce you to the terrain of global and international education, and the approaches used to understand this terrain:

Theoretical Perspectives on Global and International Education

Introduces you to the key theoretical perspectives and concepts relating to global and international contexts of education.

Researching Education in a Global World

You will be introduced to education research methods to support your dissertation.

Optional modules included in this course are designed to reflect the range of specialist areas, fields of professional interests and phases of education relating to global and international education. The modules also reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the course, making it flexible and responsive to your needs if you are seeking to focus your studies on different specialist areas in the field of global and international education:

  • Global Childhoods
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education: Transformation and Exploitation
  • Development Education 1: issues and challenges
  • Development Education 2: enquiry and impact
  • Intercultural Learning through Study Visits
  • The Intercultural Dimension
  • Ethics and Globalisation and Thinking Cosmopolitanism.

Please note: optional modules will run subject to viable numbers.

A negotiated module may also be offered as one of the optional modules, allowing you to critically examine a topic of your choosing.

The final dissertation module has been designed to enable you to demonstrate your abilities in self- direction and originality by conducting an independent research study into a specialist area in the field of global and international education. This is a significant piece of academic work and provides you with the opportunity to develop and apply originality on a topic area of your choice.

This course is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or wish to work in governmental and non- governmental roles both nationally and internationally. It is also be of interest to existing teachers seeking middle and senior leadership in teaching, as well as those interested in other aspects of school sector service provision, and those working in education systems. Graduates can also go on to study at doctoral level.


2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  Full MA £5,050 Full MA £11,500**
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will not be an annual inflationary increase for this course except where a student should take a break from studying the course for a period of one or more academic years.

Students remain on the fee structure which was in place for each stage of this course when they commenced their studies, unless they have taken a break for a period of one or more academic years.

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

title cost to student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy adopted by the programme enables you to develop your theoretical knowledge, while facilitating critical reflection on existing knowledge and practice. The programme adopts the principles of an inclusive learning experience, recognizing and valuing the diversity of postgraduate students.

The course is designed to be flexible in the modules it offers, and is, by its very nature responsive to international developments. It offers a curriculum which is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed in a global and international market.

Formal contact hours with tutors involve lecture, seminar, discussion and workshop type activities. Lectures are used to underpin key concepts and challenges and initiate areas of study. Seminars, workshops and discussions focus on developing critical thinking, enabling you to comment upon particular aspects of current research; and to devise, justify and sustain your arguments.

You are expected to work independently as well as collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets to aid support and critical reflection and you will also benefit from access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers further study and self-help mechanisms.

All students have individual supervision for their dissertation.

A range of written assignments and final dissertation.

Annually in September. You can opt to study the MA Global and International Education either 1 year full­-time, or up to 2 years part-time (to be confirmed).

Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree (1st, 2.1 or 2.2 classification). Places are offered subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.



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