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

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

If you’re studying for an MRes, MMus or MLitt programme, the number of hours may vary from this. For more information, please contact your supervisor or academic school.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Work placements

There may be some restrictions on work placement opportunities. 

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

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

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 2020 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

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

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

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £7,800


Full time: £7,800


Full time: £18,000

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

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.

Please email us at for further information.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

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.

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 live outside the UK/EU 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 at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.