Global Education Management - MA

Full Time
September 2016, September 2017
£12,000 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our Global Education Management course is the only degree of its kind in the UK, helping meet the needs and changes the education system faces across the world.

You’ll be equipped with the leadership, development and management skills required to face current and future educational priorities. You’ll have the opportunity to study alongside educational practitioners and researchers, gaining you valuable insight and the skills that will help you stand out in the education sector.

What's covered in the course?

Our course covers the key areas of education management, with a strong emphasis on leadership, team working and interpersonal skills. We will help you develop high-level research and communication abilities, as well as your motivation and confidence.

We ensure the course reflects the changes and issues the education sector faces on a daily basis, ensuring you’ll be given relevant and cutting-edge information. You’ll be trained to meet the future educational needs of children, young people and adult learners in complex and increasingly globalised contexts.

A practice-orientated approach to the methods of educational management ensure this is an exciting and challenging learning environment. We also combine the core business areas of the course with educational practice, research and development, and the two disciplines will see you graduate with the attributes needed to succeed in the global education sector.

Why Choose Us?

  • As well as developing knowledge in education management, this unique course will equip you with the transferrable skills that employers really value.
  • We are an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • With a wide range of professional accreditations, excellent industry links and a practice-based approach to learning, we are committed to enhancing your career.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
  • You’ll work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which opened in September 2015 becoming a focal point of the City Centre campus and a hub for all of our student support service.

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This course is open to International students

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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

UK students

An honours degree from a UK University

A first degree from an overseas university (GPA 3.0 out of 4.0 or average 75 per cent or any other equivalence to the above UK qualification)

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course approved by Birmingham City University

Successful passing a Pre-Master's course at another UK university/institution with a minimum of 55 per cent average

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.

Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype. 

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all components) or equivalent is required

No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Strategic Marketing
15 credits

The module is an introduction to the management of the marketing function. It establishes the centrality of a marketing orientation for successful businesses. It also demonstrates how marketing activity impacts on and interacts with the other functions of a business.

Managing People
15 credits
International Perspectives on Leading and Managing Educational Innovation
30 credits

You’ll look at why teachers and lecturers are increasingly becoming leaders and innovators in many situations. Effective leadership is seen as essential to the achievement of educational goals and, in particular, distributed leadership in education has gained ground over the past decade.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

Managing Finance
15 credits

In this module you’ll develop an understanding of the main financial objectives of a company and the constraints from other parts of an organisation that impact on these objectives. You’ll develop an understanding of accounting techniques used by enterprise managers to facilitate decision-making and control within the organisation as well as performance monitoring externally.

Global Business Strategy
15 credits

In this module, you’ll learn the strategic decisions that organisations make from within a rational framework. These frameworks are concerned with the economic, market, finance and resources based constraints that affect this process. The module critically examines the strategic management process as it applies to internationally oriented organisations in their attempts to remain competitive within their ever changing and demanding environments.

International Perspectives on Educational Analysis and Improvement Planning
30 credits

You’ll look at international examples of educational change and development, as we explore the range of different approaches taken to evaluating effectiveness and improving schools in different countries. Involving stakeholders in improvement planning is seen as vital for meaningful and sustainable change.

Stage 3: Masters

60 credits

This module builds on previous study on the course, providing you with an opportunity to research and explore an area of particular interest in detail, guided by a tutor.

Course Structure

You’ll study full-time over one year. The modules will use methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are appropriate to Masters level study.

You’ll work alongside educational practitioners and researchers, gaining valuable insight into the nature of education management. The course combines core business areas with educational practice, research and development, giving you the skills and confidence you need to manage education systems in an international context.

Enhancing Employment Skills

The rapid growth of emerging economies and the need for leadership and innovation in education provision means that graduates from the course will find opportunities to work in a wide range of educational management roles.

Postgraduates earn an average of £8,000 per year more than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

* BIS 2015.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Employment Opportunities

The rapid growth of emerging economies and the need for leadership and innovation in education provision means graduates from the course will find opportunities to work in a wide range of educational management roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Further Information

Download our programme brochure in English or Chinese:

PG Framework in English

PG Framework in Chinese

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Dr Martyn Brown

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Coordinating Director of Post Graduate Framework Degrees

Dr Martyn Brown has a background in engineering but also spent four years as a professional musician. He has worked in engineering consultancy and events management in the voluntary sector and has carried out marketing consultancy on the West Bank. He holds an MBA from Aston University and a PhD examining the rise in interest in spirituality in the workplace. 

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295