About the course

This award is gained through taking an International Education focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation.

The programme is flexible to enable students to demonstrate an International Education focus in any of the 30 credit modules in the programme, although study might include the subject-specific Contemporary Ideas in International Education module. Students wishing to gain this award must have an International Education focus for the final dissertation. 

Applicants must have substantial experience of practice in educational settings, or hold an education qualification and some experience of working in an international education context.

The MA International Education is offered as part of a suite of awards available through the MA Education Framework.

Study routes

This programme is offered on a 1 year full-time basis, and part-time study for 2 or 3 years.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA International Education 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA International Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA International Education 2019 Programme specification 1 MA International Education

Why choose this course?

The programme supports you in developing your knowledge and understanding of issues and practice through enquiry and research. By examining international educational policy and practice and global issues that influence education today, this course aims to develop your knowledge of contemporary issues in international education. It engages you in exploring education for students as active and engaged participants in an interconnected world, founded on a disposition towards respect and concern for other cultures.

Course details

What job can I get?

The MA International Education prepares graduates for professional advancement in a range of international educational settings such as schools, NGOs and charitable organisations.

By examining international educational policy and practice and global issues that influence education today, we enable graduates to develop knowledge and skills to progress into teaching, research, advisory or policy-making roles or continue into further research or doctoral study.

Teaching methods

Taught sessions are built around discussion, discovery, shared learning and peer review with tutor support and expertise immediately at hand. All modules are constructed so that the focus of the work should be upon your individual interests and professional requirements.  

  • For each 30 credit module, attendance at between 7/8 twilight sessions per module
  • A significant amount of private study and reading
  • Independent research
  • An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules
  • A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment
  • Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and virtual learning environment


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing Subject and Professional Knowledge 30 Credits Optional
    Creativity: You and Your Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Early Childhood: Foundations for Life 30 Credits Optional
    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership and Management 30 Credits Optional
    Exploring Approaches to Research 30 Credits Optional
    Education, Social Justice and Social Change 30 Credits Optional
    Inclusive Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    You would need to have an honours degree (2:2 or higher) or equivalent qualifications and/or experience. Overseas awards need to be recognised as equivalent by NARIC.

    English language Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or equivalent.

    Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to overall IELTS Academic score 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

    Previous Masters level study is considered for accreditation through the APCL process.

    Non-certificated Masters level study might be accredited through the APEL process. This must be completed prior to beginning study on the programme.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    23/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    14/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)


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    14/01/202231/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)