The Education pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. You'll combine the study of intercultural communication with the study of education. You'll develop your knowledge of various aspects of education. You'll achieve a reflective but practical understanding of key issues in educational leadership and management.
Academic staff in education from the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences deliver this specialist pathway. It's suitable if you're concerned with educational leadership and management in all sectors of education.
A feature of the pathway is its international dimension. It provides a greater understanding of the comparative context of educational organisations. It also focuses on the latest thinking and research on educational effectiveness and leadership.
Education professionals in all parts of the world need to develop skills and understanding in leadership alongside their knowledge of learning and teaching. At the start of your career you'll benefit from understanding, for example, the management of change. This ensures you meet the demands of new developments in your country's education system.
You'll understand the wider leadership context of a variety of educational system through:
- studying with students from other countries
- the international examples discussed
INTO International Graduate Diploma - 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:
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What you'll learn
Language and communication
Academic staff in applied linguistics within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences deliver this strand. The strand comprises one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all Cross-Cultural Communication students.
Education pathway-specific modules
Academic staff in education from the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences deliver this strand of taught modules. You'll study alongside other education students.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
You’ll be taught using a range of methods, including:
- online lecture videos and activities
- online interactive lessons
- in-person small group teaching
- in-person small group workshops
Each module tends to last one semester.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Research paper
- Written exercise
The research portfolio is equal to an MA-level dissertation. It involves three separate research files which take place over the course of the academic year:
- a reflective research skills journal, submitted early January
- a presentation on a methodological approach to research in cross-cultural communication
- an empirical research project conducted over the summer months, submitted at the end of August
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
You're encouraged to apply your research interests to real-world case studies. These could be from international organisations or workplaces with which you have a connection.
For example, your empirical project submitted in research file three can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO) or an internship. This can be arranged over the summer towards the end of the course.
If you're a part-time student you can conduct a research project of relevance to your employer and/or industry.
Intercultural communication careers
The cross-cultural communication master's are relevant if you wish to study communication, language and culture. They'll also suit anyone intending to work, or are already working, in international and cross-cultural environments. Communication is an essential aspect of the work in roles such as:
- communications consultants
- social workers
- international sales representatives
- medical and healthcare professionals
- humanitarian aid staff
- local government officials
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, as a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- Language Analysis Lab
- a phonetics lab
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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Questions about this course?
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Degree Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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