International Education MA

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Become a specialist in international education. Boost your career prospects. Learn from anywhere in the world with flexible distance learning.

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MA International Education is a distance-learning course, allowing you to gain a very well-respected masters degree from anywhere in the world.

This degree is ideal for teachers or other educational professionals working in international schools who want to develop their careers.

Why us?

  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Prepares you for promotion and professional advancement in roles linked to teaching and educational management in an international school setting
  • Study in a flexible, independent and yet well-supported manner that enables you to achieve a Masters qualification whilst also being busy as a full-time teacher
  • Enables you to become a member of an international ‘community of learning and practice’ through the encouraged use of discussion boards throughout the programme
  • Carry out research which is specific to your own workplace and study from anywhere in the world



Course structure

You can learn from anywhere in the world that has internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters degree requires a higher level of independent working. You'll have one-to-one support from staff throughout your degree.

Your progress will be assessed with case studies, research proposals and written assignments.

Core modules

  • Development of Learning: A Case Study (30 credits)

You will identify an intervention used in the classroom or the wider school and explore its use, impact and influence on the learning of one or more pupils. Your research outcomes will be written up in a 4,000 word report.

  • Negotiated Individual Study in Education (30 credits)

You will carry out a small-scale piece of research, which is relevant to your professional practice and chosen in consultation with your tutor and colleagues.

  • The International School Curriculum (30 credits)

You will consider curricular drivers and influences such as culture, government regulation and educational philosophy to justify multiple modes of teaching and learning.

  • Leading and Managing in International Schools (30 credits)

You will engage with a range of management issues in international schools. You will consider issues such as staff development, retention and motivation, and the expectations and needs of pupils and parents.

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Developing Reflective Practice in Teaching (30 credits)

You will develop your professional skills and understanding to become accountable for what goes on in your classroom. You will develop the ability to use self-reflection skills to critically appraise your teaching experience, as well as that of others.

  • Advanced Pedagogical Practice in Subject Related Disciplines (30 credits)

You will consider aspects of curriculum development and implementation related to your chosen subject. The focus is on improving practice, but a number of different theoretical models of curriculum will be considered. You will also engage in practitioner research.

  • Leading Organisational Effectiveness in Education and Training (30 credits)

You will study topics that include principles of leadership, responsibilities of leadership in an educational establishment, tackling under-performance and auditing performance.

  • Assessment Theory into Pedagogical Practice (30 credits)

You will examine educational assessment theory in relation to the current practice in your own educational setting.

  • The Nature of Teaching and Learning (30 credits)

You will explore a range of issues relating to how learning takes place, how teaching is practised and what some of the major influences are on both learning and teaching.

  • Introduction to Criticality (30 credits)

You will learn the importance of critical thinking as the basis of your study. Develop skills in self-assessment, mental flexibility, creativity interpretation and argument.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.


  • As a distance-learning student, you'll be able to remotely access online journals, articles and e-books.

    The library team offer real-time online help through ‘Live Chat’ at various periods throughout the day, and they also offer online tutorials to help you make the most of our electronic resources.

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This distance-learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You'll need internet access to use our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will access specially designed learning materials, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.

You will also usually need a recognised teaching qualification. 

If your first language isn’t English, you must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and at least 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £2,367

The total fee is £7,100.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

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This degree is ideal for teachers and other people working within international education institutions who want to quickly progress their careers. It will qualify you for more senior positions in teaching and educational management in international schools.

The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government.

Please note that this course does not qualify you as a teacher.

Centre for Pedagogy

The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Pedagogy has three research themes: Affective Issues in Learning and Teaching, Pedagogy and Critical Thinking in Specific Subject Areas, and Professional Education and Development. The Centre unifies the University’s research, influences policy, and organises conferences and professorial lectures.


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