International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication (MA)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication at Newcastle University

This course will enhance your understanding of international development, cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship and education. You will develop an awareness of the role of government and markets in education. You will also explore the links between communication, culture and cultural identification.

Our course will appeal to anyone concerned about development issues, government policy and the reduction of poverty using entrepreneurial ideas. You'll develop your understanding of:

  • how cultures and human behaviour reflexively interconnect
  • school provision in developing countries
  • the behaviours of key players in international development
  • developments in education provision relating to the interactions of entrepreneurs, governments and international agencies
  • philosophical and historical debates on the role of government and markets in education

Our teaching is informed by research conducted by the:

  • EG West Centre
  • SOLE Central
  • North Leadership Centre
  • Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

The EG West Centre is the world's leading authority on the advancement of affordable private schools serving low income communities across the developing world. Research has focused on post conflict countries such as South Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has also explored the growth and expansion of low cost private school chains in countries around the world.

Over the last decade, Professor James Tooley has conducted extensive research across the globe. This has documented the enormous potential of private schools. It showed that how they can serve the educational needs of the poor had been neglected and underestimated.

Education is a self-organising system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon.

Professor Sugata Mitra

A key focus of the centre is Professor Sugata Mitra's research. This explores the potential of self organised learning in communities around the world.  His earlier work includes the Hole in the Wall experiments. These experiments involved children with access to shared digital resources. It showed that with such access, they can learn to use computers and the internet. Furthermore, they can learn much more than what we thought possible without adult supervision.

Placements

Our two to four week placement module offers an exciting opportunity to visit a developing country. This self-funded visit will provide you with an invaluable experience. It will also bring issues learnt on the course to life.

You can choose to visit Omega Schools in Ghana or schools across India. The schools in India are taking part in Sugata Mitra's TED Prize 'Schools in the Cloud' project.

Alternatively, you can take the placement in the UK, across Europe, or in your country of origin. This requires the approval of the Degree Programme Director.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:

  • a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
  • Language Analysis Lab
  • a phonetics lab
  • an audio-video lab
  • a recording studio

You will have access to a range of IT systems and software, and library resources including electronic journals and databases.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/int-dev-edu-cross-cultural-comms-ma/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)     
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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