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International secondary school students
MA Education (International)
Learn about educational systems and organisations around the world with this professional master's.

MA Education (International) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

MA Education (International) will provide you with the opportunity to engage in structured study of, and reflection upon, the application of educational theories, ideas and concepts to a range of educational and community-based contexts.

The course, which has been designed for teachers and other education professionals working in a range of settings, is ideal if you're looking to develop your career by securing new posts or promotion. You'll work with a highly diverse and international cohort of students representing perspectives from throughout the globe.

It offers a unique combination of policy and practice-based perspectives on education, and is taught by outstanding, world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice using the social sciences.

Aims

  • Develop critical understanding of key concepts in educational theory in order to enable an informed analysis of educational practices.
  • Raise awareness of the influence of context upon education.
  • Develop students' professional knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their prior and emerging professional interests.
  • To enable students to gain evaluative and analytical skills that will help them to critique education policy and practice.
  • Develop capacity to engage in research to inform and develop practice.

Special features

The course has been designed for teachers and other education professionals, working in a range of educational settings. It will provide you with the opportunity to engage in structured study of, and reflection upon, the application of educational theories, ideas and concepts to a range of educational and community-based contexts.

It offers a unique combination of policy and practice-based perspectives on education located within the educational and other related experiences. It is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice using the social sciences. Course participants typically study the course in order to develop their careers in education through securing new posts, or promotion, in educational and education-related institutions.

Aims:

  • Develop critical understanding of key concepts in educational theory in order to enable an informed analysis of educational practices.
  • Raise awareness of the influence of context upon education.
  • Develop students' professional knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their prior and emerging professional interests.
  • To enable students to gain evaluative and analytical skills that will help them to critique education policy and practice.
  • Develop capacity to engage in research to inform and develop practice.

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Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through using the social sciences. This includes Professor Mel Ainscow (an international expert in inclusive education), Professor Michael Apple (the world's leading critical educationalist), Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership), Professor Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership), Professor David Hall (an expert in policy enactment and distributed leadership), Ruth McGinity (an expert on localised policymaking, change and leadership), Dr Susie Miles (known internationally for her specialist knowledge of inclusion and disability in developing country contexts), Professor Mel West (a leading expert in school improvement and school effectiveness).

The course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. Comprehensive training is provided in the use of electronic resources. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced teachers, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

Coursework and assessment

You will study four course units in each semester, six of which are core and two are optional.

The form of the assessment varies, however most involve 3000 word written assessment - this may be in the form of an essay, a critical review of literature, or a research report. Formative and summative feedback is provided.

The dissertation is the report of an empirical research project investigation of an aspect of education, and is 15,000 words in length.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engaging with Education Research EDUC60011 15 Mandatory
Research Methods II EDUC60452 15 Mandatory
Theories of Teaching and Learning EDUC60491 15 Mandatory
International Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in Education EDUC70322 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70382 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70882 15 Mandatory
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Mandatory
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61711 15 Optional
Blended Learning in a Digital Age EDUC70032 15 Optional
Language Learning and Technology EDUC70061 15 Optional
The Education of Language Teachers EDUC70132 15 Optional
Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Optional
Leading Educational Change and Development EDUC70352 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Education Policy EDUC70531 15 Optional
Higher Education in International Contexts EDUC70552 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71230 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
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Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk