MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives)

Start date
September
Duration
MA - 12 months full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

2020 - 2021
£9,250 (Home/EU)
£18,450 (Overseas)
More Fees and funding details.

The MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) pathway focuses on the similarities and differences between structures, processes, dynamics, policies and practices of different education systems.

On the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway, you will explore and seek to explain similarities and differences across cultures, countries and regions. You will learn about theory, epistemology and methodology and participate in critical debate in the field of comparative and international education. One area of application will be around how concepts of human rights may be used to develop educational policies and practices.

A series of core modules on the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway will equip you with an economic, historical, philosophical and sociological framework for understanding the field of education and the skills required for conducting critical research. A central theme of the programme is the extent to which, and how, ideas, practices and values can impact on educational inclusion and equity.  A range of optional modules will enable you to pursue your interests and to develop knowledge and skills relevant to your interests and practice.

The programme will be of particular interest to education practitioners and policymakers seeking a wider and deeper grounding in debates surrounding education equity. The focus on critical analysis will be especially attractive to those working in the field of equalities and diversity and those seeking new and innovative ways of improving educational outcomes for specific groups of learners within a fast-changing area of education reform.

International students

The MA Education programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and welcomes applications from international students.

The University of Birmingham, which has over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries, provides support throughout the course for those that are new to, or less experienced in, studying in a UK context.

If you would like further information about studying in Birmingham, then you can visit our international students webpage

You can choose from one of our other specialist focus pathways, based on the School of Education’s principle research areas or the broader MA Education : 

Please note that like most Masters programmes, this programme does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS).

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Modules

The MA Education (Comparative and International) programme has two compulsory modules (40 credits), two pathway compulsory modules (40 credits), two option modules that draw from the full MA Education catalogue (40 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits):

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Fees 2020 - 2021

Home/EU

  • Code 870D £9,250

Overseas

  • Code 870D £18,450

The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2020.

Learn more about fees and funding

For further information contact the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

Scholarships and studentships

The School of Education is delighted to offer a £3000 scholarship for each of the MA Education pathways.

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK has been introduced for students. The government-backed student loans provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. 

Other scholarships may be available, please view the  Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the  international scholarships page.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

Monday 1 July 2020 is the application deadline for international students (Tier 4) who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date. The deadline for Home/EU (non-Tier 4) students is 10 September 2020.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 or above (or international equivalent) Bachelor's degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology) is required.

Applicants without a 2:1 or a degree in Education, Teaching or English (or related Social Science degree as above) are welcome to apply, but should have a degree and a minimum of three years relevant professional experience post degree, in an education-focused setting.

 

International Requirements



International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0.). 

VISA Requirements

Obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Find out more about visa requirements

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS   

English language support - during your studies

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

You will be taught in the School of Education, which conducts pioneering world-class research in Education. You can therefore expect that all teaching on the MA Education will be informed by seminal and contemporary research, that spans a wide variety of disciplinary areas. Whether you take a pathway route or not, you can be assured that module content will be designed and taught by experienced specialists in each discipline who have knowledge of contemporary research in the field.

The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, smaller-group seminars, workshops, self-study, and peer group learning. We utilise a range of digital and virtual approaches in our teaching, and you will have access to our online teaching and learning tools, including our Virtual Learning Environment. Readings and resources are made available through our online ‘Resource Lists’ system making it very easy to identify and access key readings.  Module tutors make activities available online for you to engage prior to face-to-face teaching and the majority of assignments tasks can be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment – including dissertations. Assessments on this programme will include written essays, small independent projects, oral presentation and a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

You will be allocated a Dissertation Supervisor with whom you will have a one-to-one relationship during the dissertation phase. You will also be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor with whom you will meet regularly and all tutors keep ‘office hours’ through which you can request one-to-one tutorials.

This programme has been specially developed to appeal to a broad range of career aspirations in sectors requiring an international perspective of education, and comparative analytic skill in different contexts. The MA Education (Comparative and International) does not provide qualifications for a particular role, but the knowledge and skills that will enable you to pursue a range of career paths in education.

Graduates from this programme work in the education sector in roles including: education management, ministries and other national/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, education research, publishing, education consultancy and higher/further education.