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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
6995

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Education (International Education) at Bath Spa University

Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world.

  • Taught by active researchers with leading international education perspectives.
  • Improve your career prospects - you'll graduate ideally placed for professional, management, and education roles.

International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies and promoting equity and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, the course asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development.

What you'll learn

Overview

We'll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You'll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes - Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education.

We'll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches. This will prepare you for writing your dissertation in the final trimester, in which you'll develop your knowledge and understanding in a particular area of international education through in-depth research.

We'll support you to complete your dissertation studies within a range of institutions and organisations involved in national and international education, including policy and advocacy organisations; schools, colleges and universities; NGOs and international organisations.

Course structure

Trimester 1
In your first trimester you'll study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits).

Trimester 2
In the second trimester you'll study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award.

Trimester 3
In your third trimester you'll research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework.

This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 - 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

How will I be taught?

You'll benefit from a rich and stimulating learning environment. The course is taught by active researchers with up-to-date knowledge of International Education.

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

Some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, while others may be in the evening or at weekends. We make use of online teaching using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva.

Opportunities

Careers

Career opportunities include:

  • Professional, leadership and management roles within learning institutions: schools, colleges and universities.
  • Professional, leadership and management roles within the range of organisations involved in providing learning resources, opportunities and assessment: NGOs, education publishers; education development projects and organisations.
  • Policy roles at a range of levels in the education sectors: local and central government; education administration; national governments and international organisations.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £6,995 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

You'll typically have an undergraduate degree in Education or a related Social Science discipline, this will have given you some preparation for developing your understanding of policy in its political, economic and social context. You may have a background in international or development work, which may include overseas education.

The programme is designed to meet the employment needs of those who are likely to work nationally or internationally in education-related fields. For international, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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