If you need to get a good grounding in international education at postgraduate level, this full-time course will broaden your existing knowledge. You’ll find it could be a starting point for a future career in a range of settings.
We take a flexible approach and encourage you to explore educational issues within an international context. Our course attracts a wide range of students from both the UK and overseas.
You don’t need a teaching qualification to study on this course, nor do you have to intend becoming a teacher. We welcome anyone who wants to expand their understanding of international education in a fast-changing world.
However, the course could usefully form the foundation of a future career in many different educational or training settings.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore how the English education system works, by studying the quality of learning and teaching on offer to today’s pupils. You’ll also look at issues aimed at improving education, management of this sector and research opportunities
The MA International Education draws on what is happening in the English education system, but you’ll also have the chance to compare this with the situation in a range of other international contexts.
We’ll also offer you the chance to get involved in other complementary courses run by the School of Education.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.
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We are the top university providing education training in the West Midlands, and 25th in the UK. (Guardian University Guide 2016)
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You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.
Applicants should have a degree or equivalent qualification, or professional experience that equates to degree level.
All suitably-qualified candidates will normally be interviewed, though this can take place by phone if necessary.Selection will be based on ability to benefit from and contribute to the course of study.
Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning.
We welcome applications from mature students and from members of communities traditionally under-represented in higher education.
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Creating and Sustaining Diverse Learning Cultures
Creating and sustaining a learning culture requires an understanding of the personal, social, cultural and emotional and physical environment of learning. This module looks at the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of learning and refers to case studies from diverse international settings.
International Perspectives on Educational Analysis and Improvement Planning
Cross-national models will be considered in order to explore the range of approaches taken to school improvement in different countries, drawing on the work of Fullen and Hargreaves.
The module initially looks at establishing the development priorities and success factors for the school, followed by an exploration of the contribution possible by individuals, groups and organisations to the school improvement cycle.
Possible sources of data and the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data is central to this process. Prioritising the improvement objectives is then covered, including the allocation of responsibilities, deadlines and monitoring.
Finally, the evaluation of impact and the use of this information to inform future planning is addressed. Relevant success factors emanating from school improvement projects from a range of international settings will be considered.
International Perspectives on Leading and Managing Educational Innovation
You’ll look at why teachers and lecturers are inevitably, and 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.
Using Research to Inform Education Practice
In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that research can be used as a tool for professional development. This module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the methodologies, strategies and methods available to researchers in education and training. It focuses on developing your critical capabilities and your ability to defend your research approach.
MA International Education Dissertation
This module builds on previous study on the course, giving you an opportunity to research an issue relevant to education in an international context. You can also explore an area of particular interest in detail, guided by a tutor.
The course aims to give you a postgraduate qualification, whether you’re interested in early years, primary, secondary further or higher education. You don’t need a degree to do it – if you have the relevant experience.
Our MA International Education provides exit awards at Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).
You could use evidence from previous study, which relates to this subject, to claim Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL). This process involves mapping evidence against the learning outcomes for specific modules. You’ll need to speak to the Course Director first if you’re considering this option.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods on this course. In common with our part-time course, you’ll attend regular lectures and seminars, where students can share their learning and develop an understanding of different international contexts.
You’ll attend some whole classes and small group sessions and benefit from one-to-one support and online collaboration – using our virtual learning system, Moodle.
Our course team has a wide experience of the educational system and also in teaching, leadership and research.
We believe the development of transferable skills is a priority. It is a very important aspect when teaching at Masters level. We are regularly praised by external examiners for providing an excellent experience in this area.
Assessment is by coursework only and participants need to demonstrate an ability to carry out in-depth critical analysis, effective research skills, critically evaluate research methodologies, have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of education and training in an international context and be able to critically evaluate their findings in relation to the academic literature.
Our thriving research programme leads to PhD and EdD qualifications.We would be pleased to talk to anyone interested in education policy, educational research and practice, from the early years, through primary, secondary and higher education to lifelong learning – for people of any age.
This course will give you a foundation for a career in many different educational settings, both public and private, in the UK or abroad.
It's also suitable for people who wish to change career direction. This is because it provides a comprehensive international view of teaching, learning and educational systems – although it does not give you a teaching qualification.
You will develop important transferable skills in scholarly academic studies, plus research skills and practice. These will prove useful when you are working as part of a team and getting used to handling lots of data.
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.
We’ll arrange for you to visit local primary and secondary schools and colleges to give you a clearer insight into the workings of the English educational system. There’ll also be opportunities to carry out assignments linked to the educational age group you find the most fascinating.
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:
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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
The School of Education boasts some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the country. As part of your training you will have access to our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.
Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.
City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.
The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston by September 2017.
One of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students is our virtual school. You can encounter a range of real-life situations within a simulated environment, that teachers are often confronted with.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.
Other items available include:
There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.
The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.
The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.
There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.
There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.
The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.
You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.
There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.
Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.
This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.
As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.
The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.
There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.
Director of CPLD and Education Masters Courses Phil Taylor has worked in education his entire career, firstly as a teacher, then assistant head. He also worked in advisory roles before joining our staff in 2010.