International Education (with Specialist Routes) MA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 23,219

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
This course offers teachers, lecturers and educational leaders in schools, colleges and universities - as well as those with experience of, or an interest in, education in broader contexts - a valuable opportunity to reflect upon their own practice and to enhance their knowledge.
  • The MA in International Education is a rigorous qualification which provides you with several opportunities to undertake research in your particular area of interest, building on your knowledge in this specialised area.
  • You will study two core modules and you will then choose one of the three Pathways and complete a dissertation.
  • You will be able to develop your knowledge and skills by applying your learning to real-life situations within your own educational setting - whether that is a school, college or university. The MA is a powerful vehicle for institutional improvement, as well as personal and professional development. You will develop an ability to reflect critically on theory in the areas of teaching and learning, as well as culture, power and educational leadership, and use it as a basis for understanding and improving practice.
  • You will develop research skills and you will be given training in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods in educational contexts. You will be equipped with methodological knowledge and skills for your career in education or further research at doctoral level, should you wish to continue your studies.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
  • GPA 3 (US equivalent) or above
  • You should be a teacher or intending to work in the educational field
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of educational systems
  • Direct experience of working in education is not essential

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in International Education
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Education
  • After completing these modules, you will choose one of the three Pathways which consist of two specialist modules.


  • You will undertake a MA International Education Dissertation in a subject of your choice, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper into an area that particularly interests you. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you. We expect that your dissertation will take up to 600 hours of independent study.

Pathway 1

  • Leadership for Social Justice in Education
  • Leadership for Social Justice in Education (Lead Module)
  • Leadership for Social Justice in Education (Specialist Study)

This route considers how communities of learners are constructed to create enthusiastic learners, drawing in part on various studies carried out by tutors in the UK, Lebanon, Turkey and China. We will discuss the importance of the critical engagement of formal and informal leaders with other participants in constructing and sustaining the cultures of learning communities and how such communities interact with their contexts. This route will promote your knowledge and understanding of:

  • People, power and culture in particular contexts to meet the learning needs of all their members
  • Organisational cultures that engage or negate the development of learners and staff
  • Formal and informal leaders thinking critically about learning/teaching and their social interactions with each other in particular contexts
  • Student voice and teacher/support staff identity

Pathway 2

  • Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy: Lead Module
  • Pedagogy: Specialist Study

This route will focus on issues of pedagogy, and as such will be of benefit if you are interested in deepening your understanding of the factors which influence the processes of learning and teaching. This route will cover issues including:

  • The nature of learning
  • The role of assessment in pedagogy
  • The role of the curriculum in shaping pedagogy
  • Contemporary advances in pedagogy, including the growing impact of ICT
  • The role of politics and culture in shaping pedagogy
  • Innovation and Reform
  • Innovation and Reform: Lead Module
  • Innovation and Reform: Specialist Module

This route will give you a greater understanding of contemporary theories of education, particularly with regard to critical pedagogy, and also the process of effectively leading educational change. It will provide a focus on innovation and reform concerned with helping schools to play an active role in creating and maintaining more humane and sustainable futures. This route will actively engage you in aspects of educational development such as:

  • Democratic citizenship
  • Critical literacy
  • Creative thinking
  • Sustainable development
  • Inclusion
  • The role of technology
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Starting in September 2021
  •  MA: £8,190 
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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