Why study this course

Gain a master’s degree from a UK university with a strong reputation in teacher education

Learn from a team of education specialists with expertise in a wide range of disciplines

Distance learning – study from anywhere in the world

Stimulating activities to help you learn at a time that suits you

Course summary

The MA International Education is an exciting and newly developed distance-learning programme, suitable for educators from a variety of settings around the world, including primary and secondary schools, vocational colleges, universities, privately-owned education providers and the non-profit sector. It is specifically designed for practitioners and leaders who are wanting to develop their practice or seeking an opportunity to further their career.


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2 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

The programme focuses on different aspects of education from an international perspective, allowing students to explore in depth their own context and specialist areas, as well as how they can benefit from adopting a global vision.

Whilst the course offers a great deal of flexibility as it is 100% online, the learning has been designed to be interactive throughout, allowing students to learn from peers from other contexts and be supported by a team of expert specialists. This course is specifically aimed at working practitioners and thus can be completed alongside a full-time job. Students typically spend around 10 hours a week outside of their working hours to complete the learning activities set. In addition to facilitating high-quality professional development, the MA International Education is also a great way to prepare students for further doctoral studies.

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What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module explores key elements of effective teaching and learning which are relevant to education in different contexts. You will consider contemporary challenges, such as those relating to planning and assessment, and how policy and curriculum can impact these. The module will also explore innovative pedagogical approaches that can benefit a range of settings, linking theory and practice.

This module will introduce you to educational research, with the aim to help you develop research-informed practice. It will guide you to systematically reflect on your own professional practice, drawing critical insight and engaging with international research to inform your professional development. You will explore your own pedagogical approach through a critical lens and consider how your impact can be maximised through effective teaching, reflective practice and active engagement in research and professional development activities.

This module explores a range of educational technologies that are capable of transforming the future of education. You will consider the associated opportunities and challenges these technologies can bring and how they can be incorporated in practice. By examining relevant literature, practice and research from across the world, you will apply your understanding, drawing up a plan to show how your chosen technology can be utilised within your own setting.

This module explores the concept of a ‘global curriculum’ and some of its potential features. You will consider how such a curriculum and its features can benefit your setting, whilst identifying some of the key challenges and limitations if it was to be adopted. Drawing from relevant theories and international research, you will ‘reimagine’ a specific curriculum relevant to your practice and propose ways to enhance it by adopting a ‘global’ approach.

This module explores the concept of educational leadership and what it looks like in various international contexts. You will consider a range of key leadership models, before applying your understanding to examine how a specific aspect of your setting can be enhanced. Drawing from relevant theories, international research and your own practice, you will identify implications for leadership and your own role within the proposed enhancement.

This module explores a range of methodologies and methods frequently used in educational research, examining their potential strengths, limitations and the associated ethical considerations. During the module, you will develop your understanding in research concepts such as reliability, validity and generalisability, and will consider how to plan research using a suitable methodological approach, whilst taking into account the ethical issues you may encounter.

This module involves you undertaking an independent research project, in which you will apply the knowledge and understanding gained from previous modules, particularly MED706, to plan your research utilising a suitable methodological approach. Once ethical approval is granted for your data collection, you will carry out the research and produce a report in the form of a dissertation supervisor. Throughout the module, you will be supported by the module leader and also an individual

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

Students are expected to hold a professional role (paid or voluntary) within an educational setting for the duration of the course, typically 10 hours a week.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email courseenquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Find out more about the international application process including English Language requirements.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

Whilst the course offers a great deal of flexibility as it is 100% online, the learning has been designed to be interactive throughout, allowing you to learn from peers from other contexts and be supported by a team of expert specialists.

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