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MA International Education (Distance Learning / Online)

Course Description

Course Outline

The MA in International Education is designed for educational professionals in primary, secondary or tertiary education, as well other organisations with an educational remit - for example NGOs, charitable organisations, museums and galleries.This degree will:

-Enhance your understanding of contemporary educational issues, both national and international, with a particular emphasis on those which are of direct relevance to your professional context.
-Develop your ability to reflect on theory in the area of teaching and learning and use it as the basis for understanding and improving practice.
-Develop your ability to undertake small scale research.
-Develop your understanding of ethical principles which underpin the design, conduct and reporting of educational research

This is the only course of its kind offered by a UK University completely by distance learning. The course will be delivered using the latest online technologies.

Studying by supported distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break. We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Out virtual learning environment Blackboard offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Programme Structure

The programme currently consists of four taught modules plus a research-based dissertation. You will study two core modules, you will then choose one of the five pathways (each pathway contains two modules) and complete the dissertation.


- Contemporary Issues in International Education
- Introduction to Education Research Methods


- Leadership for Social Justice in Education
- Pedagogy
- Innovation and Reform
- Inclusion and Special Education Needs
- Learning Technologies


Assessment for Core and Elective (Pathway) Modules will be via a combination of written assignments, posters (presented in a ‘virtual gallery’); and oral presentations (presented via podcast). In addition students will be encouraged to keep a (non-assessed) reflective journal which will demonstrate your development as an educational researcher, accompanied by an e-portfolio of associated learning resources.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA International Education (Distance Learning / Online) page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

•2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent. •You will need to demonstrate a minimum of two years' experience (not necessarily consecutive) in a professional role (paid or unpaid) as an educator (or equivalent). Applications are welcome from those involved in education at primary, secondary or tertiary level, as well as those working within other organisations, for example government, NGOs, museums and galleries. If you are unclear about the work experience requirement, you can discuss this with the programme administration team.

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