MA International Education

Duration Full time 1 year
  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


Programme Director Dr George Koutsouris introduces the MA International Education.

The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

The MA International Education programme will enable you to explore education as an international and increasingly globalised sphere of activity. You will be able to develop your own understanding and potential to work within international educational institutions and those focused upon internationalising their curriculum. 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 (EFPM310: 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

The programme covers many aspects, and aims to develop an awareness of broad educational issues. It is well suited for applicants who would like to expand their existing knowledge in education or are interested in a career in (international) schools or the third sector; and it is also appropriate for applicants who have no educational background, and would like to pursue a career in education in the future. Please note however that it is not a teacher training programme, although it has elements that could support teaching practice.

Feedback from our students is that they prefer having a small number of larger credit modules (at Exeter they take four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation) rather than twice as many 15 credit modules, which is what other UK universities in many cases offer. Students perceive our approach as less stressful and easier to manage in terms of their time. 

If you are interested specifically in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages please go to the MEd TESOL information pages.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

If you have previously studied Higher Education (HE) courses or worked at professional level before embarking on a Masters programme, we recognise that you bring with you some very important skills and knowledge.  The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process is a way of formally acknowledging this fact, and instead of unnecessarily repeating work, we may grant you exemptions from your programme. Visit our dedicated page to learn more.


Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2019/20 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Programme structure

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.

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.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. 

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. 

All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and presentations.

Facilities and support

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via face-to-face and/or email or Skype tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Campus-based modules are taught at the Graduate School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library. Weekend or Friday workshops are usually available to accommodate the needs of part-time students.

Research-led teaching

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.

Our EFPM914 Education Studies module provides a good grounding in education research, theory and practice. Every other week students participate in activity sessions. These have a practice (and sometimes practical) focus. Eg:

  • One week students attend a discussion and practical activity with a range of psychology practitioners (e.g. a practicing education psychologist, a paediatric psychologist, etc). Here they will specifically learn about the practice of educational psychology and will get to ask their questions about the various professions, roles and responsibilities
  • Another week they will get to work with a teacher to design their own materials which might help to address racial inequalities in school
  • Another week they will work with an expert in young people's relationships education - someone who undertakes lessons with young people to help address issues of violence and harassment in schools
  • We will also be running a short series of pedagogy-focused sessions for students who want to work with young people in educational settings in the future; delivered by the department’s Teacher Training team

Cultural programme

The department has successfully gained finance from the annual fund to run a programme of cultural activities in the Graduate School of Education. These activities will help us build a strong student community in the GSE, which includes:

  • Our Masters students being hosted and mentored by our PhD students during induction week (eg: providing tours of the campus and library, and discussion group activities)
  • Arranged social activities (this year we went on a trip to Killerton, a historic site owned by the National Trust)
  • Community celebration where each year a student group will host a celebration event for others in the department
  • We’re also planning: film viewing and discussion events; theatre trips, with the possibility to meet the producer/actors; a monthly craftivism group hosted by staff and students from the GSE; a dance performance and workshop and a music performance and workshop. For example in October the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is visiting the campus and performing two pop-up concerts in the campus cafe, X-Keys, over one day. They will also run a workshop with students to get them thinking about how they could actively engage young people in music education and activity. A similar activity is also being organised with a local (alumni) dance company


Education Placement Module

The location of placements vary.  They could be in schools, or other settings where education takes place. Students are will be encouraged to think about and explore the variety of settings where education can take place. Placements tend to take place in locations accessible by public transport, in Exeter and the surrounding area.

In the past, students have completed placements in schools, either mainstream schools, or special schools.  We try to ensure students get placed in the type of school they are most interested in. Creative Arts placements will be sourced through the Creative Arts' teams dance, drama, music and visual arts networks and may be in schools, early years settings, FE colleges or community arts practice - where the placement is will depend on students' specialist arts and age group interest and focus. While tutors cannot guarantee being able to place students in their exact site of choice, they will do their best to find a placement as close to the students' area of interest as possible.

The placement is a minimum of 5 working days.  This can be spread over a term (so one day a week for 5 weeks, or half a day a week of 5 weeks, or other patterns that work for the placement) or can be a solid week when there are no taught sessions at the University (perhaps reading week, or in the break between the spring and summer term).  This is up to the students to arrange with the support of the placement officer and the placement site.

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

Please note that this module has a limited number of places, and as such we have to cap the number of students studying the placement module. Places on the module are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis during module selection (so we recommend students interested in this module apply early, accept their place and provide the information to meet their offer conditions asap, so they’re able to make their 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 do not include a work placement.



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.  This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Visit our EdD pages for more information.

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 are listed independently and do not correspond.

Job titlesEmployer
Teacher Ofsted
Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama) Devon Education Authority 
Special Needs Teacher   Jersey States Education Department  
Head of Department  Plymouth City Council 
Arts Manager FEA Training and Development Centre 
Educational Therapist  Camden LEA 
Education Officer  Exeter College 
Dyslexia Assessor  Hong Kong SAR Government 
Headteacher/Principal  Danish National School of Contemporary Dance 
Education Consultant  Ministry of Education, Cyprus 
Dean, Faculty of Arts  Saltash Community School 
Lecturer University of Reading 

Career support

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

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. 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.

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 & Barring Service checks.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Current Exeter PGCE students 

If you are interested in applying for the MA Education programme, and you are a 2019/20 Exeter PGCE student, you can do so via our Accelerated Entry system.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

Full time

  • UK/EU: £7,500 full-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time

For part time routes:

  • 30 credit module
    • UK/EU: £1,250
    • International: £3,100
  • 60 credit module
    • UK/EU: £2,500
    • International: £6,100

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
United Kingdom

Current students

By email:
By phone
0300 555 0444 (UK)
+441392 724724 (International)

Applicants and offer holders

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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Professor David Hall, Graduate School of Education Director

Professor David Hall talks about our programmes, graduate destinations and our location on the beautiful St Lukes campus in Exeter.

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