MA Education: International Perspectives


This programme will:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of key current educational issues within a range of international contexts
  • Enable you to engage with the latest thinking and research in education
  • Develop your abilities as an educational researcher
  • Allow you to choose a pathway and modules to suit your own interests and career aspirations.
  • Enable you to gain expertise in either Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership and Management, Information, Communication and Education Technology, or International Development and Education

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) has a long-standing reputation in supporting the postgraduate professional development of educators and education-related professionals in regional, national and international contexts. The programme is supported by the North Leadership Centre and builds on a strong research base in two ECLS Research Centres (Centre for Learning and Teaching and EG West Centre). It draws, for example, on the expertise of:

  • Professor Sugata Mitra (TED Prize winner and globally recognised for his the Hole in the Wall experiments),
  • Professor David Leat (known for his ground breaking research in Thinking Skills and Innovative Pedagogy), and
  • Professor James Tooley (known for his research in private education for the poor in developing countries).

This is a programme for professionals from around the world and will be attractive to current and prospective:

  • Teachers and Educators in all sectors
  • Educational Consultants
  • Educational Researchers
  • School and College Leaders and Managers
  • Educational Policy Makers and Administrators
  • Graduates who are keen to combine their subject knowledge with educational expertise

Through the programme you will gain an understanding of key current educational issues


The structure of the programme.

The programme offers a suite of alternative pathways, each with their own core modules, leading to different named awards.

On each of the pathways there is a some flexibility to choose modules belonging to other pathways.

Programme Aims and Outcomes:

  • To provide students with learning environments that enhance their personal, professional and academic development by offering intellectually stimulating and challenging experiences.
  • To enhance students’ professional skills to interpret, analyze and exercise critical judgement in the evaluation of educational theories, and concepts, international and contemporary perspectives in education and related fields.
  • To enable students to apply theories and concepts to the field of education and education related study, and to promote evidence-based professional practice through engagement in and with research. 
  • To enable students to investigate problems and generate solutions by selecting and employing the most appropriate research methods and analytical frames and carrying out a research study.  
  • To enhance students’ transferable intellectual, professional and interpersonal skills as appropriate to their personal and professional contexts.
  • To provide a suite of alternative pathways  that enable students to design a course of study relevant to their working context, as appropriate.

Compulsory Modules

These modules are compulsory elements of the MA programme

In addition, each pathway has its own compulsory elements which candidates must complete.

More information

For more information on fees, funding and how to apply for this programme MA Education: International Perspectives

For any other queries, please contact the Degree Programme Director: Hanneke Jones, email:

or the Degree Programme Secretary: Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 6532, E-mail: