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Postgraduate taught

MA International Education

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2020

Programme Director Dr George Koutsouris
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Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree – other qualifications and experience may be accepted

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Education


  • You will explore education as an international and increasingly globalised sphere of activity
  • Our Education Studies module will provide you with a thorough grounding in education research, theory and practice
  • You will examine some of the major trends and emerging ideas in the field of international education
  • You will develop your own understanding and potential to work within international educational institutions and those focused upon internationalising their curriculum
  • Our cultural programme gives you opportunities to network and learn new skills by attending workshops with performing arts companies as well as craft-focused arts workshops and even a pop-up choir!
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6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.

Top 150 in the world for Education

QS World University Rankings 2020.

Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK

Opportunities for fieldwork in schools

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

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Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in education and any relevant work experience.

Some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

This programme aims to develop an awareness of broad educational issues. It’s well suited for applicants who would like to expand their existing knowledge in education or pursue a career in (international) schools or the third sector.

Your study on this programme will involve an examination of some of the major trends in the field of international education and emerging ideas. We offer:

  • A foundation for education (through EFPM914: Educational Studies), which is well suited for students with and without previous experience of education
  • A module specifically for education in an international and global context (EFPM912: Perspectives on International Education)
  • A module that focuses on education from a policy perspective (EFPM910: Education Policy)
  • An elective module covering a variety of areas (such as creative arts, SEN, etc.)
  • A placement module and a dissertation that can involve an empirical project, involving fieldwork in schools etc

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification. This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

You are strongly encouraged to consider taking the Education Placement module (EFPM909) as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course. Please note that this module has a limited number of places and these will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis during module selection – early application for this programme is therefore advised for students interested in taking this module. Please see Work Placement for more information.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


UK/EU fees per year:

£7,500 full time

International fees per year:

£18,500 full time

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our Masters programmes.


The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. 

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations listed below are independent and do not correspond.

Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama)
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Head of Department
  • Arts Manager
  • Educational Therapist
  • Education Officer
  • Dyslexia Assessor
  • Headteacher/Principal
  • Education Consultant
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Lecturer


  • Ofsted
  • Devon Education Authority
  • Jersey States Education Department
  • Plymouth City Council
  • FEA Training and Development Centre
  • Camden LEA
  • Exeter College
  • Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Danish National School of Contemporary Dance
  • Ministry of Education, Cyprus
  • Saltash Community School
  • University of Reading

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

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Work Placement

You are strongly encouraged to consider taking the Education Placement module (EFPM909) as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course.

Please note that this module has a limited number of places and these will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis during module selection. We therefore recommend that if you are interested in this module, you should:

  • apply early for this course
  • if you are offered a place, accept it as soon as you can
  • provide the information to meet your offer conditions as soon as possible

This will enable you to make your module selection as early as possible. Once the module cap is reached, any remaining students will be able to choose from our wide range of other modules but these will not include a work placement.

Education Placement module (EFPM909)

If you undertake this module you will work with the University placement team to secure a placement of 5 days or 30 hours (or equivalent) in an education setting that relates to your interests. On your placement you will shadow and learn from experienced practitioners. If possible, and if you are ready, you may also be able to undertake a teaching assistant role as part of your placement.


The location will depend on your interests and preferred age group. It may be in:

  • a school (mainstream or special)
  • an early years setting
  • an FE college

– you will be encouraged to consider the variety of potential possibilties. While tutors cannot guarantee to place students in their exact site of choice, they will do their best to help you find a placement as close to your educational interests as possible. Placements tend to take place in locations accessible by public transport in Exeter and the surrounding area.


The placement will be for a minimum of five working days. The working pattern must be arranged by you (with support of the placment officer) in agreement with the placement site. It may be arranged as:

  • a single week when there are no taught sessions at the University (perhaps reading week, or in the break between the spring and summer term)
  • one day a week for five weeks
  • half a day a week for ten weeks
  • another equivalent pattern that works for your particular placement

After your placement

In the past, students have sometimes continued to volunteer at their site after their placement has completed, strengthening their CV in terms of experience. Additionally some students, who possess the appropriate right-to-work documents, have secured employment at their site – a number of students have found jobs as teaching assistants at the primary schools where they did their placements, for example.

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