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International Higher Education - MA


Course Description

About the course

This course is designed to meet the needs of those who are:

- Planning a career in international higher education, in any capacity
- Teaching or researching in this field, or plan to do so in the future
- Working in higher education administration and want to advance their knowledge and understanding of internationalisation and its implications

In countries and institutions across the world, internationalisation has emerged as a central feature of contemporary Higher Education policy and practice. It takes a variety of forms but its impact and significance can be observed across all aspects and functions of university life – teaching, research, management and administration.

The MA International Higher Education is a unique and innovative programme that addresses this diversity of form and impact in a way that is informed by research and theory but is also firmly focused on practice. It draws on the University of Nottingham’s experience at the forefront of innovation in this field, on its leading academic reputation, and on the expertise of its staff with extensive knowledge and experience in international and transnational higher education.

The programme is designed to:

- Enhance your professional competencies in academic, managerial and administrative roles
- Develop your critical and theoretical understanding of the key issues in international higher education
- Enable you to transform future practice for yourself, for individuals and for institutions
- Expand your career opportunities

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are that you will:

Be aware and understand the major themes, issues and debates in international and transnational higher education

Have explored the interface between policy, scholarly research and practice in relation to international and transnational higher education

Understand the continuities and discontinuities between policy, practice and research

Be prepared to develop, challenge and question policies, strategies, practice and research

Be confident in constructing arguments about international and transnational higher education based on evidence and theory

Be able to formulate and investigate significant research questions about international and transnational higher education

Course content and structure

We begin by exploring the broad context of higher education in an era of globalisation and how this is driving diverse forms of internationalisation in higher education. We then look at strategies and managerial demands of different models of internationalisation, followed by a specific focus on the core activity of enhancing student experiences in an internationalising institution.

The programme concludes with an opportunity for in-depth investigation of internationalisation within a particular function in a higher education institution – chosen by the student. This will enhance personal capacity in strategic analysis for informed decision-making in future professional practice. The programme, therefore, moves from context to strategy and from strategy to practice, so that reflection on practice is situated and contextualised.

The programme comprises four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

The modules currently offered are:

Module 1: Globalisation, higher education and society
Module 2: Internationalising higher education: institutional strategy and development
Module 3: Enhancing student experience in international higher education
Module 4: Shaping the future: An evidence-based approach to managing change in international higher education

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation of internationalisation within a particular function in a higher education institution. Development of the research skills students need to carry out this work are supported in various ways, building on their value for future professional practice.

Visit the International Higher Education - MA page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Ningbo Govt.International Student Scholarships for Acacemic Excellence - 15 Awards

There are approximately 15 scholarships of 30,000 CNY (approx 3,000 GBP) available for masters applicants.Students who would like to apply for this scholarship will need to prepare their documents and submit to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by 31st May 2015

Value of Scholarship(s)

GBP 3,000 (approximate based on exchange rate)

Eligibility

Candidates must have a 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) and meet English Language requirements.

Application Procedure

Students must complete a separate application and provide a separate personal statement in addition to applying for a Master's programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/admissions/international/pg/masters/fees-and-scholarships.aspx


(Scholarship)

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China High Achievers Scholarship - 20+ Awards

High academic achievers will be rewarded through a 20,000 CNY (approx. 2,100 GBP) scholarship towards their tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Approx GBP 2,100

Eligibility

All applicants are automatically assessed for an award. The top 25 applications (submitted prior to the deadline) will be made a scholarship offer.

Application Procedure

No separate application required after a course application is submitted.

Further Information

http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/admissions/international/pg/masters/fees-and-scholarships.aspx



Entry Requirements

A honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in any discipline and a minimum of a year’s work experience in the field of education for applicants on a part-time basis.

Last Updated

09 June 2017

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