M.A. Education (International Perspectives)

Liverpool Hope University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA Education (International Perspectives) is aimed at students with a strong interest or experience in international education. This pathway will provide opportunities for education practitioners from different countries to come together and learn from each other, linking international perspectives on educational theory, research, policy and practices. Those who are active in the field of education will be expected to consider how an international perspective can be incorporated within their own practice.

This programme is designed for those with either personal or professional interest in international education. It aims to meet the career development needs of education professionals in the UK and overseas. It will enable you to investigate issues that affect your school or your educational institution, and to make a real difference to your own professional practice. A comparative analysis of national and regional education systems and initiatives will enable you to critically analyse your own context while relating it to others.

Tutors will guide you in exploring a range of core issues affecting education around the world today such as globalization, community cohesion, sustainability and global citizenship. Case studies of policy and practice from diverse contexts will be drawn upon to illuminate different philosophical and pedagogical approaches in international education. You will be encouraged to critically reflect upon their own assumptions and consider research methods for evaluating education initiatives.

Career Opportunities

You will be able to structure your studies to suit your own career interests whether you are a teacher, educator or administrator in early years, primary, secondary or tertiary education or work for a non-government organisation.


The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a research dissertation in a specialised area of your choice. Prior to a dissertation, students will complete four 30 credit modules. Modules are organised into four complementary themes.

A: Critical analysis of professional practice

B: Contemporary issues and innovation in education and society

C: Exploring specialist interests

D: Research methods

At the Postgraduate Certificate stage, students complete two modules from themes A and B. The following three modules are available at this stage.

Theme A: Critical analysis in education (30 credits)

In this module you will critically analyse contextual factors that influence the educational setting in which you are based. Particular attention will be paid to underpinning philosophical perspectives and the historical, social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of pedagogy. You will be introduced to different perspectives on the role of education and approaches to teaching and learning to them complete a situational analysis that draws on a range of research tools and techniques. You will critically reflect upon underlying philosophical assumptions and draw on the key concepts of comparative education to compare different contexts.

Theme B: Education and change in a globalised world (30 credits)

This module will analyse the global context of key challenges facing education at the start of the 21st century. You will be introduced to techniques to critique relevant policy and practice. You will consider research methods for evaluating educational initiatives. Through a detailed case study you will explore the historical, social, and economic factors that impact on an area of policy or practice of interest.


Theme B: Ideas of childhood: social, cultural and political perspectives (30 credits) Why are children labelled? What cultural, social and political values shape our ideas about children and young people? These are some of the questions we will address in this interdisciplinary module which will explore how current concepts of childhood and youth have been, and continue to be shaped by social, historical, cultural, and political dimensions. Using examples from international research, it will encourage students to challenge their own ideas about childhood, whilst engaging with theoretical and cross-cultural debates.

At the Postgraduate Diploma stage a third specialist module is available from theme C.

Theme C: Comparative Education * (30 credits)This module aims to explore the field of Comparative Education, considering systems, learning in-depth about education systems around the world and the historical and contemporary issues within the discipline. You will develop the skills and concepts to systematically understand regional and national education systems within the international context.

Also, at the Postgraduate Diploma stage, students may choose to widen their study with a free choice of one module from the general MA Education themes A, B or C.

Theme D: Research Methods in Education and Social Science (30 credits)

This is a core compulsory research methods module. We recommend students select this as their final module at the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Dissertation (60 credits)

At the dissertation stage, students complete a 60 credit, 18,000 - 20,000 word research study. Students can choose to focus their dissertation on a specialist area or theme of their choice in the field of International Development. Staff with relevant knowledge and research expertise will supervise dissertations on students chosen research themes.

* subject to validation


* A good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent
* Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own workplace and involves access to children.

In addition, overseas students will normally be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualification that meets the UK Border Agency requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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