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 (three trimesters). Two years part-time (six trimesters).

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

  • Taught by active researchers with leading international education perspectives.
  • Improve your career prospects – you’ll graduate ideally placed for professional, management, and education 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 and promoting equity and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, the course asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development.

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 MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and 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 1
In your first trimester you’ll study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits).

Trimester 2
In the second trimester you’ll study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award.

Trimester 3
In your third trimester you’ll research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.

How will I be assessed?

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

This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

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.

All 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.



Career opportunities include:

  • Professional, leadership and management roles within learning institutions: schools, colleges and universities.
  • Professional, leadership and management roles within the range of organisations involved in providing learning resources, opportunities and assessment: NGOs, education publishers; education development projects and organisations.
  • Policy roles at a range of levels in the education sectors: local and central government; education administration; national governments and international organisations.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught


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, this will have given you some preparation for developing your understanding of policy in its political, economic and social context. You may have a background in international or development work, which may include overseas education.

The programme is designed to meet the employment needs of those who are likely to work nationally or internationally in education-related fields. For international, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

How do I apply?

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