MA International Development and Education

12 months full time

What is the future of learning in the 21st century? How can we guarantee Education for All across the developing world? What is the future role of international agencies, national governments and the private sector in education? Is the traditional model of schooling still fit for purpose? What alternative solutions are available and what role will technology play in the future of learning? Students on this course will get the opportunity to discuss and debate these challenging questions with our world class faculty, which includes Professor James Tooley, Professor Sugata Mitra, Dr Pauline Dixon and Dr James Stanfield.

SUgata Mitra TED prize

Programme Structure

This Masters programme is offered in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. The course consists of modules in areas of international development, education policy, and educational technology. Students take modules to a total of 120 credits as well as completing a dissertation in the area of international development and education (60 credits).

Taught modules

The course is based on a decade of ground breaking research carried in different countries around the world. For further information please visit the E.G. West Centre website.

Coursework and assessment

The first 120 credits are awarded through successful completion of the compulsory modules. Assessments include assignments, colloquium discussions, maintaining a blog, carrying out research and presenting experiences. The final 60 credits are gained through the completion of a dissertation.

Placement Module

Within the programme there is an exciting opportunity to visit Africa or India during the 2- 4 week placement module. Arrangements can be made to visit Omega Schools in Ghana or schools across India which are taking part in Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize ‘Schools in the Cloud’ project. This visit is funded totally by the student but will provide an invaluable experience that will bring issues learnt on the course to life. The placement module can also be taken in the UK, Europe or the country of the student's origin, with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director.

Pauline Dixon

Who is the course for?

This unique Master’s degree programme is designed for graduates from education, information technology, economics, politics, geography or business backgrounds who wish to develop a better understanding of the future of learning. Graduates from other disciplines will also be considered as will those who do not have a degree but relevant experience.

The course is aimed at anyone interested in pursuing careers in:

• education in developing countries
• the global education industry
• national governments
• international aid agencies
• NGO’s and charities

This course will appeal to anyone concerned about development issues, government policy and the reduction of poverty using entrepreneurial ideas.

Entry Requirements

James Tooley in NigeriaAn upper-second-class Honours degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent. Candidates who do not hold a 2:1 or above may be considered if they have relevant work experience, good English language and very good references. Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, TOEFL 90 (Internet based), or equivalent. Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

How to Apply

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