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MA International Education


Course Description

COURSE OVERVIEW
The programme is intended to provide a full-time route for participants wishing to study international education at postgraduate level. Modules are not specific to one phase of education, so they will be relevant to participants interested in school, college, university or training settings. Part-time attendance is possible, however modules will primarily run during the day. A teaching qualification is not necessary, nor is an intention to become a teacher. The programme will be appropriate for anyone with an interest in education and it could form the basis for a career in many education and training settings. The MA International Education will draw from the UK education system, but comparative aspects will be incorporated from a range international contexts.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend our evening programme for enrichment purposes should they wish.

KEY FACTS
This programme is intended to provide a postgraduate qualification for those with an interest in any education sector, including early years, primary, secondary, further education and higher education. It is also relevant to those interested in work-based training environments or those with a general interest in education and is open to those without a Bachelor’s degree, if they have the relevant professional experience.

The MA International Education at Birmingham City University offers exit awards during the programme, including a Postgraduate Certificate (60 Credits) and Postgraduate Diploma (120 Credits).

It is possible to use evidence from any previous study relevant to the subject to claim for Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL). The APEL process involves mapping evidence against the learning outcomes for specific modules. Contact the Course Director in the first instance for advice.

ENTRY RQUIREMENTS
Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level. All suitably-qualified candidates will normally be interviewed, though this can take place by phone if necessary. Selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study. Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning.

We welcome applications from mature students and from members of communities traditionally under- represented in higher education.

COURSE STRUCTURE
The MA International Education includes four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Modules 1 and 2 will run consecutively from October to December (Stage 1). Modules 3 and 4 will run consecutively from January to March (Stage 2). The Dissertation module will be taught from April to June and the remaining time until September will be available for writing-up (Stage 3).

MODULES
Modules will be studied in sequence from October to June followed by a period for completion of the dissertation. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used, but in common with our part-time programme extensive use of seminars is made in order for participants to share their learning and develop an understanding of different international contexts. Reading and writing tasks are set between the taught sessions and these are planned to enable participants to make progress towards completing the assignments. There will be some whole class and small group work together with one to one support and collaboration online using our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

We regard the development of transferrable skills as a very important aspect of work at Master’s level, indeed we are regularly praised by our external examiners for providing an excellent experience in this area. These transferrable skills include academic writing, presentation, critical reading, data analysis and evaluation, for example. We are also praised for the level of personal support provided by our staff, which often exceeds expectations.

Participants will be engaged in both theoretical and practical issues and be encouraged to incorporate original research into their work. Participants are also encouraged to identify and reflect on their own needs to achieve their academic goals.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment is by coursework only and participants need to demonstrate an ability to carry out in-depth critical analysis, effective research skills, critically evaluate research methodologies, have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of education and training in an international context and be able to critically evaluate their findings in relation to the academic literature.

EMPLOYABILITY
This course provides a foundation for a career in a wide range of education settings, both in the UK and overseas. It is also suitable for participants wishing to change career since it provides a comprehensive international view of teaching, learning and education systems. It does not provide a teaching qualification.

Visit the MA International Education page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level. All suitably-qualified candidates will normally be interviewed, though this can take place by phone if necessary. Selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study. Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning.We welcome applications from mature students and from members of communities traditionally under- represented in higher education.

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