Int Dev and Education with Cross Cultural Comms MA

International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication MA

Full time: 12 months


This course will enhance your understanding of international development, cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship and education. You will develop an awareness of the role of government and markets in education. You will also explore the links between communication, culture and cultural identification.

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Our course will appeal to anyone concerned about development issues, government policy and the reduction of poverty using entrepreneurial ideas. You'll develop your understanding of:

  • how cultures and human behaviour reflexively interconnect
  • school provision in developing countries
  • the behaviours of key players in international development
  • developments in education provision relating to the interactions of entrepreneurs, governments and international agencies
  • philosophical and historical debates on the role of government and markets in education

Our teaching is informed by research conducted by the:

The EG West Centre is the world's leading authority on the advancement of affordable private schools serving low income communities across the developing world. Research has focused on post conflict countries such as South Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has also explored the growth and expansion of low cost private school chains in countries around the world.

Over the last decade, Professor James Tooley has conducted extensive research across the globe. This has documented the enormous potential of private schools. It showed that how they can serve the educational needs of the poor had been neglected and underestimated.

A key focus of the centre is Professor Sugata Mitra's research. This explores the potential of self organised learning in communities around the world.  His earlier work includes the Hole in the Wall experiments. These experiments involved children with access to shared digital resources. It showed that with such access, they can learn to use computers and the internet. Furthermore, they can learn much more than what we thought possible without adult supervision.

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    The International Development and Education MA will give you a better understanding of the future of learning. The course will appeal to anyone concerned about development issues, government policy and the reduction of poverty using entrepreneurial ideas.

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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 2018 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £7,200


Full time: £7,200


Full time: £16,200

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 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.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.

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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. 

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.


Professor Pauline Dixon
Degree Programme Director
The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5047

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