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Education (International Education)


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

MA Education (International Education)
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time, or two years part time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Gain in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world.

  • Taught by active researchers with leading international education perspectives.
  • Has a strong inter-disciplinary perspective on global issues throughout the course.
  • You’ll graduate ideally placed for professional, managerial, and educational roles.

International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies to promote equality and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, this Master's in education asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics, and social issues relating to international education and development. We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches, to prepare you for your Dissertation module in the final trimester.

What you'll learn


We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other Master's in Education programmes: MA Education Studies (Early Years), and MA Education (Leadership and Management). This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education.

We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches. This will prepare you for writing your dissertation in the final trimester, in which you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular area of international education through in-depth research.

We’ll support you to complete your dissertation studies within a range of institutions and organisations involved in national and international education, including policy and advocacy organisations, schools, colleges and universities, NGOs and international organisations.

Course structure

Trimester one
In your first trimester, you’ll study the MA Education core module, Education and Society, plus your award core module, Education and Globalisation.

Trimester two
In the second trimester, you’ll study the core module Research Methods in Social Sciences, plus another award module, International Higher Education.

Trimester three
In your third trimester, you’ll research and write your Dissertation on a topic relevant to your award. 

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Education and Society
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Dissertation
  • Education and Globalisation
  • International Higher Education
  • Early Childhood: Education, Culture and Society
  • Perspectives of Outdoor Play
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Leading, Mentoring and Coaching
  • Language, Ideology and Education
  • Education Policy

How will I be assessed?

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework.

How will I be taught?

You’ll benefit from a rich and stimulating learning environment. The course is taught by active researchers with up-to-date knowledge of International Education.

Modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars, and individual tutorials.

Some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, while others may be in the evening or at weekends. We make use of online teaching using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva.

"It’s difficult to choose between the many amazing things about Bath Spa University. Living and experiencing in a highly multicultural country like England, is the perfect manner to identify the tools I can use to contribute to the world’s development, starting with my country, Colombia."

Martin Suárez Guarin, MA Education (International Education)



Career opportunities include:

  • Professional, leadership, and management roles within learning institutions
  • Professional, leadership and management roles within organisations involved in providing learning resources, opportunities, and assessment
  • Policy roles at a range of levels in the education sectors. 

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at Newton Park and Corsham Court campuses, with access to our well-stocked libraries and Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva).


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £6,995
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll typically have an undergraduate degree in Education or a related Social Science discipline. Ideally, you'll be working within an educational context and have some professional experience in either national or international education systems.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr. Tingting Yuan
Email: t.yuan@bathspa.ac.uk

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