Taught course

International Education and Development

University of Sussex · Education

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification. Experience of work in a relevant area is desirable

Months of entry


Course content

  • are grounded in research
  • recognise and build on prior education-related knowledge and experience
  • develop professionally relevant knowledge, skills and understanding
  • introduce new knowledge and research perspectives on educational issues
  • enable the acquisition of further qualifications that enhance your career prospects.

This MA has established its reputation over three decades and is highly regarded internationally. This innovative course links theory with research, policy and practice, local and global, and critically engages with the educational challenges of low- and middle-income countries. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to analyse the complex educational issues of resource-constrained and/or rapidly expanding educational systems.

Currently we expect to offer four specialisms in this MA course in Teachers: Policy and Practice; Curriculum Learning and Society; Educational Policy and Planning; Education in Conflict and Peacebuilding.

On completion of this course, you:

  • have theoretical and practical knowledge, along with the analytical skills relevant to international education and development
  • are able to apply this knowledge creatively and independently to a specific set of circumstances, with a view to advancing learning and/or solving problems
  • are able to communicate and present ideas and arguments effectively
  • are able to collect, analyse and evaluate information and present data through a chosen method of enquiry.

In the autumn and spring terms, you prepare four pieces of assessed work (literature review, briefing paper and two essays) related to the modules you take (30 credits each). You develop and present your dissertation proposal and then write a final dissertation on a topic of your choice (60 credits).

Additional entry information

The course is aimed at students with professional experience in education and development and at those with a strong academic background in a relevant discipline.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

In the autumn and spring terms you take three modules, and in the summer term you work on your dissertation. If you have chosen a specialism, you must take the relevant spring term module and focus your dissertation in the same area.

Autumn term: Theories of International Education and Development • Policy and Practice: Issues of International Education and Development • Academic and Research Skills.

Spring term: you take Academic and Research Skills and choose two of the following modules from Teachers, Policy and Practice • Curriculum, Learning and Society • Educational Policy and Planning • Education in Conflict and Peacebuilding. Those doing a specialism must take the relevant module plus another from the above list. Alternatively, with approval you may take a module from a related course from across the University.

Summer term: you take Academic and Research Skills. Tutorial support is provided as you work on your dissertation. Those doing a specialism must focus their dissertation on issues related to their specialism area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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