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?
- why is it this way?
You’ll gain a firm grounding in education research methods. You'll also carry out your own investigations. Our teaching staff are educational experts in the field. You'll study alongside students from a variety of international and professional backgrounds, including UK teachers. You’ll learn from each of their perspectives to enhance your own knowledge of education.
Distinctive features of the course include:
- the ability to tailor your course to suit your interests. You’ll choose from optional modules to specialise in a particular area. You’ll also have opportunities to explore your own interests within the area
- the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experiences. You’ll study education and pedagogy in international contexts. This is to gain a broad understanding of education across the globe
- a diverse student body. You’ll benefit by learning from the diverse experiences of your peers. This is 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
- a supportive community. You’ll join our supportive community within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. You'll also be part of the wider Newcastle University community
The course builds on a strong research base in the Centre for Learning and Teaching. It is part of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. It is renowned for its research and expertise in innovative pedagogies and social justice in education.
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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.
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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.
What you'll learn
Optional modules allow you to specialise in one of three directions:
- teaching and learning
- technology in education
- educational leadership and management
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.
|Dissertation/ Action Research Portfolio||60|
|Research Strategies and Methods||20|
|Comparative Education and Pedagogy||20|
|Investigating Leadership and Technology for Learning and Teaching||40|
|Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment as foundations of teaching and learning||20|
|Leadership and Strategic Management||20|
|The Future of Learning in the Digital Age||20|
How you'll learn
Course delivery is also supported by the North Leadership Centre.
It offers courses in management and leadership in education, as well as many other areas.
Most taught modules are in the first semester. Some sessions are in the early evening and on Saturdays. There is an element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
You'll complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you.
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.
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
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 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
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.
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
If you're applying for funding, always check the funding application deadline. This deadline may be earlier than the application deadline for your course.
For some funding schemes, you need to have received an offer of a place on a course before you can apply for the funding.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
Using the application portal
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You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.
If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.
Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
- explore our beautiful campus
- find out about our vibrant city
- discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.
We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
We also hold various online and virtual events.
Get in touch
Questions about this course?
If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2087569
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