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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: October & January
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The International Education block is designed to give students a well-rounded and critical insight into the field of international education. It is designed for students who plan to contribute to advancing scholarship in International Education and aims to give students the conceptual awareness so that they can begin to shape their own academic futures.

The block will help students to gain a critical insight into research and theoretical knowledge of aspects of international, comparative and global education, which are important both internationally and in contemporary national contexts. It gives an opportunity for students to investigate and better understand their own contexts and those of interest to them in other countries. For instance, the International Education allows international students to investigate and analyse education in England while critically analysing education systems in other countries.

It provides a stimulating learning environment including the opportunity for students to learn about comparative educational context from their peers. It encourages students to consider what good practice, if any, may be applicable to their own context.

This route is appropriate for overseas students who wish to practice in their own countries or UK based students who wish to develop their own understanding and practice in global education or build experience relevant to a career in education overseas. This may be in teaching, leadership and/or administrative roles. There remains strong demand for English-medium education, particularly in Asia, and this programme takes account of that.

Curriculum Overview

Pedagogy: Theory and Practice block

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (30 credits)

This module aims to develop participants’ understanding of a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies which promote learners’ progress in order that all can achieve their full potential. They will be helped to develop self-direction and originality in problem-solving in relation to the module content, and act autonomously in planning and implementing change in their educational setting, taking account of current thinking and literature in related areas.

Curriculum Theory & Development (30 credits)

This module aims to support development of subject knowledge in the participant’s subject discipline or age phase specialism. It is focused on contribution to curriculum development within the educational setting. Participants will be guided in critiquing a range of guidance and policy documents relevant to practice with a view to identifying the key concepts and perspectives on which they are based and how they relate to and influence practice.

International Education block

International and Comparative Education: Key Concepts and Practices (30 credits)

This module will analyse the theory and practice of comparative education and trace the historical development of the field. It will advance understanding of the relation of comparative education to International Education. Students will develop skills and concepts to systematically analyse the impact of historical, social, political and economical factors on various regional and national education systems within the international context with the view to develop a deeper understanding of how education systems evolve. Relation with policymaking, theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to the comparative and international study of education will be critically examined.

Critical Perspectives in Global Education (30 credits)

This module will analyse the role of education in overcoming global challenges such as climate change and social injustice. Students will be introduced to techniques to critique relevant policy and practice in global education and related pedagogical approaches. They will consider research methods for evaluating global education initiatives. Through the development of a case study and ongoing portfolio students will analyse the diverse perspectives and assumptions that underpin and impact upon an area of personal or professional interest.

Critical Reflection on International Education (Zero credit)

This non-credit bearing module will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their learning on the modules; Learning and Teaching, Assessment, Curriculum Theory and Curriculum Development to articulate their connectedness to the ‘International Education’ strand. Therefore, the portfolio will sit alongside all modules in the taught phase of the MA International Education. At the end of each of the four ‘Education in Action’ 15-credit modules the students will be expected to reflect on their learning in each module and submit a 500 word reflective account of how the learning relates to the international context. This will provide an opportunity for the students to connect their learning between the various taught components, develop their academic literacy and demonstrate their understanding of the various educational practices in relation to learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in the international context.

Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The team involved in delivery of this programme has a wealth of experience in international education in both practice and research. In addition, students will be part of an active community of learners with educators in the Department for Education Studies from diverse international backgrounds who are currently involved in research projects in India, Brazil and Israel. The Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University has established a reputation for excellence in international education research and curriculum development. For instance, the Department for Education Studies was awarded a £30,000 grant by the Higher Education.

Academy for a research and teaching project titled 'Internationalising the Curriculum for Engaged Global Citizens in Education'. This built upon previous work on a £156,000 project for the Department for International Development on embedding a global dimension and active global citizenship within the curriculum. This work has underpinned the development of this programme and ensures that students will have opportunities to interact with scholars leading research and teaching in this area. In addition, these projects have helped develop a network of academic and practitioners with an interest in this area. Consequently, guest speakers from local and international NGOs and formal education will be drawn upon to make explicit links between theory, policy and practice in some of the taught modules.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.