International Education (with Specialist Routes) MA

1 year, full-time

International Education (with Specialist Routes) MA, 1 year, full-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £10,500

International fee £17,500

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This is for you if... you want to enhance your understanding of contemporary issues in primary, secondary and post-compulsory education in international contexts.

Course description

Course description

This course offers teachers, lecturers and educational leaders in schools, colleges and universities - as well as those with experience of, or an interest in, education in broader contexts - a valuable opportunity to reflect upon their own practice and to enhance their knowledge.

The MA in International Education is a rigorous qualification which provides you with several opportunities to undertake research in your particular area of interest, building on your knowledge in this specialised area.

You will study two core modules and you will then choose one of the three Pathways and complete a dissertation.

You will be able to develop your knowledge and skills by applying your learning to real-life situations within your own educational setting - whether that is a school, college or university. The MA is a powerful vehicle for institutional improvement, as well as personal and professional development. You will develop an ability to reflect critically on theory in the areas of teaching and learning, as well as culture, power and educational leadership, and use it as a basis for understanding and improving practice.

You will develop research skills and you will be given training in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods in educational contexts. You will be equipped with methodological knowledge and skills for your career in education or further research at doctoral level, should you wish to continue your studies.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
  • GPA 3 (US equivalent) or above
  • You should be a teacher or intending to work in the educational field
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of educational systems
  • Direct experience of working in education is not essential

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • MA: £10,500

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you're eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022

  • MA: £17,500

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The International Education MA will equip you with a wide knowledge of contemporary issues in education and in foundational research methods. Many of our graduates have secured initial teaching positions, gained promotion in their existing jobs, or moved on to more senior or challenging posts in the educational field.

Education CPD+ offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers.

Our PhD opportunities are very popular with those wishing to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level.

We are committed to training and developing outstanding teachers. We are proud to be able to support the career progression of so many teachers through the courses we offer, many of whom started their journey with us as PGCE students.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Core modules

Core modules

After completing these modules, you will choose one of the three Pathways which consist of two specialist modules.


You will undertake a MA International Education Dissertation in a subject of your choice, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper into an area that particularly interests you. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you. We expect that your dissertation will take up to 600 hours of independent study.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Pathway 1

Pathway 1

Leadership for Social Justice in Education

This route considers how communities of learners are constructed to create enthusiastic learners, drawing in part on various studies carried out by tutors in the UK, Lebanon, Turkey and China. We will discuss the importance of the critical engagement of formal and informal leaders with other participants in constructing and sustaining the cultures of learning communities and how such communities interact with their contexts. This route will promote your knowledge and understanding of:

  • People, power and culture in particular contexts to meet the learning needs of all their members
  • Organisational cultures that engage or negate the development of learners and staff
  • Formal and informal leaders thinking critically about learning/teaching and their social interactions with each other in particular contexts
  • Student voice and teacher/support staff identity

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Pathway 2

Pathway 2


This route will focus on issues of pedagogy, and as such will be of benefit if you are interested in deepening your understanding of the factors which influence the processes of learning and teaching. This route will cover issues including:

  • The nature of learning
  • The role of assessment in pedagogy
  • The role of the curriculum in shaping pedagogy
  • Contemporary advances in pedagogy, including the growing impact of ICT
  • The role of politics and culture in shaping pedagogy

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Pathway 3

Pathway 3

Innovation and Reform

This route will give you a greater understanding of contemporary theories of education, particularly with regard to critical pedagogy, and also the process of effectively leading educational change. It will provide a focus on innovation and reform concerned with helping schools to play an active role in creating and maintaining more humane and sustainable futures. This route will actively engage you in aspects of educational development such as:

  • Democratic citizenship
  • Critical literacy
  • Creative thinking
  • Sustainable development
  • Inclusion
  • The role of technology

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Education at Leicester attracts students and academics from all over the world, allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.

Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.

Our range of modules allow you to study a course tailored to your interests.

You will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research in education and who feed the latest developments into their teaching.

Teaching and learning

Modules are delivered by a combination of face-to-face seminars, classes, workshops and field trips.

You will have the additional support of an online repository of relevant materials and the University Library to help with your independent study.

The course is continually assessed through a number of written assignments and presentations, as well as the 15,000-20,000-word dissertation at the end of the degree. An assignment of 4,000-5,000 words or equivalent is completed for each module, enabling you to develop your academic interests. There are no exams for this course.

Students' Learning Experience

Our students benefit from a lively academic environment, through the expertise and scholarship of our academic staff and the active and progressive research environment that characterises the School of Education. Specialist speakers are often invited to give research seminars at the School and we also run a more informal series of lunchtime research meetings, called ‘Food for Thought’, where all staff and postgraduate students are invited to attend and to lead seminars. In addition, occasional seminars are arranged by support staff on special topics, such as new developments in ICT.

During the autumn and spring terms, appropriate arrangements are made for students to conduct research in the university or local schools with a view to practise their research skills and build up their confidence to conduct dissertation project independently.

Every summer, the School of Education holds an Open Postgraduate Conference to give our research students the opportunity to present their work to a wider academic and professional audience. The event is attended by postgraduate research students from UK and international universities and provides an excellent opportunity for networking within a wider research community.

Your studies are supported by a course tutor who oversees your development and progress. In addition, each taught module is led by an experienced module tutor or coordinator. You are allocated a dissertation supervisor during the Spring term. This allocation takes account, as far as possible, of your developing educational interests and the supervisor's research interests.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 25 July 2022 (Please note this deadline is subject to change dependant on course capacity. If the capacity limit of this course is met before the deadline, applications will be closed early.)
  • Deposit payment deadline: 8 August 2022
  • CAS request deadline: 2 September 2022 
  • 50% payment deadline: 2 September 2022 

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The lecturers are incredibly supportive and allow you the freedom to research and explore your own interests from day one, making us stand out from the crowd as confident, active members of the research community.

Lily, MA International Education

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