MA Education Studies and MA International Education
Education is much more than the study of teaching and our programmes are designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice.
Both the Education Studies and International Education awards form part of the Professional Master's Programme within the School of Education and offer a mixture of theory and practice with professional development within a global and international context.
Students come from a wide range of countries, from Cyprus, the Gambia, the United States, Germany, Indonesia, China, Japan and so on, as well as the United Kingdom. They also come from many backgrounds. Some have Educational Studies as a first degree while others have been marine biologists, musicians or experts in fibre optics. We welcome this diversity. All come, however, with a good first degree and a thirst to know more about education:
-What is the nature of learning and teaching in different countries and cultures?
- What is the relationship between education and the economy?
- How is education changing as it enters the market place?
- How are education systems managed?
- Who takes decisions about the curriculum and teaching?
- How far do governments control education?
- How far should they?
- What is the role of professional educators?
- What will be the role of schools and universities in the future?
- What is the future for education in the knowledge economy?
- Is education becoming an 'instrument' of capitalism?
There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation.
The dissertation is 15,000 - 20,000 words and worth 60 credits. It focuses on an area mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who also offers guidance and support in the writing of the dissertation.
Subject vary widely, from the nature and quality of Supply Teachers in the UK to the education of women in the Gambia, from the role of the modern Museum Educator to the theoretical role of education in the unification of Cyprus.
To achieve this award, you will need 180 credits in total.
International Student Requirements:
For overseas applicants who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.