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International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication MA

This course will enhance your understanding of international development, cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship and education.

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  • September 2024


Our Master's in International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication uses a multidisciplinary approach to international development. It considers contemporary global change through various perspectives, including:

  • social
  • political
  • historical
  • environmental
  • economic

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) run through the modules. This provides a contemporary stance on where the world stands today at building a better world for people and our planet by 2030. You'll gain an understanding of and explore current debates around how education contributes to the development process.

Learning through case studies will cultivate your ability to think critically about development issues. You'll explore data using secondary sources. You'll also carry out your own research study through our unique placement module. This extends your learning into the field of development and education. This hands-on experience is an opportunity to co-create and co-develop impactful change.


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What you'll learn

You'll develop an awareness of the role of government and markets in education. You'll also explore the links between communication, culture and cultural identification.


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.

How you'll learn

Your development


The two to four-week placement module offers an exciting opportunity to visit a country in the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America).

We're currently working with local charities, Coco and Team Kenya, to offer exciting placements in Tanzania and Kenya. We also offer placements in schools with our contacts in Barbados, Ecuador, India and Nigeria. The self-funded visit provides an invaluable experience that will bring issues learnt on the course to life.

The placement module can also be taken in the UK, across, Europe, as a virtual placement, or in your country of origin, with the agreement of the Degree Programme Director.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

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Tuition fees include the costs of:

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  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Steve Humble MBE
Degree Programme Director
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 5047


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