Education: Int Perspectives MA

Education: International Perspectives MA

Full time: 12 months


Our Education: International Perspectives MA will help you achieve a critically reflective but practical understanding of key current issues in teaching, learning and pedagogy in an international context.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

About this course

The importance of education is recognised worldwide, and education has many different aspects. This course focuses on education in a very wide sense. You'll consider broad questions including  ‘what is education for?’, ‘what does it look like around the world, and why?’

You'll have the opportunity to specialise, via selection of optional modules, in one of three directions:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology in Education
  • Educational Leadership and Management

During the course, you’ll gain a firm grounding in education research methods and carry out your own investigations. You’ll be taught by educational experts in the field, and study alongside students from a variety of international and professional backgrounds, including UK teachers. This means you’ll benefit from learning from each of their perspectives to enhance your own knowledge and understanding of education in its many forms.

Distinctive features of the course include:

  • ability to tailor your course to suit your interests: you’ll choose from optional modules to tailor your course to specialise in a particular area.  Within your modules you’ll also have opportunities to explore your own interests within the area
  • opportunity expand your knowledge and experiences: you’ll study education and pedagogy in international contexts to gain a broad understanding of education across the globe
  • diverse student body: you’ll benefit by learning from the diverse experiences of your peers to enhance your own knowledge and understanding of education in its many forms. You’ll also study alongside part-time colleagues who are practising UK teachers
  • supportive community: you’ll join our supportive community within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. You'll also benefit from being part of the wider Newcastle University community

The course is especially suitable if you aspire to a career in education. Possible career routes include:

  • teachers at school, college or university level
  • educational trainers
  • educational consultants
  • educational leaders and managers
  • experts in technology in education

The course builds on a strong research base in the Centre for Learning and Teaching within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, which is renowned for its research and expertise in innovative pedagogies and social justice in education.

Course delivery is also supported by the North Leadership Centre which offers courses in management and leadership in education, as well as many other areas.


The majority of taught modules are in the first semester, including some sessions which may run in the early evening and on Saturdays. This is to enable part-time students who are working in education, to attend.

During the year there is a development to a greater element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work. This enables you to develop your independence as a learner and researcher.

You complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you, and in which you are supported individually.


Student profile

I love how much I have already learnt over the past three months. Within my course I have the amazing opportunity to learn first-hand, through others’ experiences of education around the world. With the majority of students on my course being international, I have been able to gain a global understand of learning.

Isabelle's student profile
Isebelle H


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2021 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Careers Service

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £8,100


Full time: £18,600

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. Experience in an educational context is desirable but not essential.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Students from mainland China

Many high-performing students from China have applied for this postgraduate course. We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We are suspending applications from mainland China to this course. This will be with effect from 23.59 GMT 9 February 2021. All applications received before this deadline will be considered.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.