The MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives) pathway focuses on the similarities and differences between structures, processes, dynamics, policies and practices of different education systems.

On the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway, you will explore and seek to explain similarities and differences across cultures, countries and regions. You will learn about theory, epistemology and methodology and participate in critical debate in the field of comparative and international education. One area of application will be around how concepts of human rights may be used to develop educational policies and practices.

A series of core modules on the MA Education (Comparative and International) pathway will equip you with an economic, historical, philosophical and sociological framework for understanding the field of education and the skills required for conducting critical research. A central theme of the programme is the extent to which, and how, ideas, practices and values can impact on educational inclusion and equity.  A range of optional modules will enable you to pursue your interests and to develop knowledge and skills relevant to your interests and practice.

The programme will be of particular interest to education practitioners and policymakers seeking a wider and deeper grounding in debates surrounding education equity. The focus on critical analysis will be especially attractive to those working in the field of equalities and diversity and those seeking new and innovative ways of improving educational outcomes for specific groups of learners within a fast-changing area of education reform.


International students

The MA Education programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and welcomes applications from international students.

The University of Newcastle, which has over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries, provides support throughout the course for those that are new to, or less experienced in, studying in a UK context.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

MA Education (Comparative and International Perspectives)

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1087

How long it takes:

MA – 12 months full-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The MA Education (Comparative and International) programme has two compulsory modules (40 credits), two pathway compulsory modules (40 credits), two option modules that draw from the full MA Education catalogue (40 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits):


Compulsory Modules

  • Education, Policy and Society
  • Researching Education
  • Dissertation
  • Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment
  • Education as an International Issue

Optional Modules

  • Curriculum design in global contexts
  • Language, discourse and society
  • Personal and professional skills in education management
  • Education Policy and Improving Schools
  • Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism
  • Curriculum and Approaches for Children with Autism
  • Education Oberservation, Evaluation and Supervision
  • Disability and Inclusive Development 

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

This programme has been specially developed to appeal to a broad range of career aspirations in sectors requiring an international perspective of education, and comparative analytic skill in different contexts. The MA Education (Comparative and International) does not provide qualifications for a particular role, but the knowledge and skills that will enable you to pursue a range of career paths in education.

Graduates from this programme work in the education sector in roles including: education management, ministries and other national/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, education research, publishing, education consultancy and higher/further education.