MA Intercultural Education and Internationalisation
The MA Intercultural Education and Internationalisation programme will help you to develop a critical understanding of education and intercultural communication in the context of global movements of people and the internationalisation of education. This taught course will also provide you with the resources for reflecting on and responding to the growing need for intercultural education and communication in an increasingly intercultural/international world. The MA offers research based insights into theory and practice in intercultural education. Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and experience of education, and the challenges of developing learners who are interculturally competent for the contemporary world.
Find out more about entry requirements, mode of study, duration of the course and tuition fees here. (Note: this link will direct you to the University's central course tool. Use the link provided to return to the School of Education homepage.)
The MA in Intercultural Education and Internationalisation is also available as part of the International Postgraduate Summer Institute (IPSI).
How will I be taught?
You will be taught via a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Assessment methods vary and include assessed essays and presentations.
Over the course of the MA you will take three compulsory modules, one chosen module, and a dissertation.
What will I learn?
The compulsory modules for this programme are:
Research Methods in Education
This module will provide you with the conceptual and analytical means of reflecting upon the implications of internationalisation for education in general, and curriculum planning in particular. The module explores the relationship between education, internationalisation, citizenship, and intercultural understanding. It deals with theories, methodologies, and organisation structures appropriate for education in global/international contexts and for developing learners' cultural and social identities appropriate to contemporary and projected social, political, and economic change. You will be able to reflect on both the development of policies and pedagogies in intercultural and international education.
This module will develop your knowledge of and experience in dealing with interculturality and intercultural communication. You will learn about culture, language, and power as the foundations of human communication and their role in intercultural communication. You will study the complexity of identity, the conditions for and consequences of "otherising", adaptation and acculturation, how people manage intercultural communication processes in intercultural encounters, and the role of power in these processes. This new situation has implications for individuals' intercultural and language competence, and how it is developed and acquired in education contexts, the workplace, and in broader society. As language is central to (intercultural) communication, links between intercultural competence and bi/multilingual education are also discussed.
You will also choose one of the following modules:
- 21st Century Technology (30 credits)
- Arts in Education (30 credits)
- Classroom Assessment (30 credits)
- Judgement based assessment (30 credits)
- Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Productive Thinking (30 credits)
- Curriculum Analysis (30 credits)
- Standardised Test and Exams (30 credits)
- Intercultural and International Education (30 credits)
- Intercultural Communication (30 credits)
- Improving Computer Education (30 credits)
- Management, Leadership and Change (30 credits)
- Policy Studies (30 credits)
- Psychology of the Learner (30 credits)
- Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits)
- Learning and Teaching in Science (30 credits)
- Physics as an Additional Subject Specialism (30 credits)
- Chemistry as an Additional Subject Specialism (30 credits)
- Representation and Reasoning in Mathematics (30 credits)
- Developing Understanding in Mathematics (30 credits)
You will also research and write a dissertation (15,000 words) under the supervision of a specialist in the field of intercultural education and internationalisation.
Who will teach me?
The tutors on the intercultural pathway are Dr Prue Holmes (Pathway Leader) and Dr Nicola Savvides.
Dr Prue Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and teaches on both the core modules in the intercultural pathway. She supervises postgraduate theses and dissertations in intercultural communication, identity, intercultural competence, international and intercultural education, English and foreign language education, and international students' learning and communication experiences. She is engaged in a range of research activities: an AHRC-funded "Researching Multilingually" project (www.researchingmultilingually.com) on building research methodology and practice in multilingual contexts; an HEA/UKCISA-funded project on internationalisation and the student experience; she is the UK Principal Investigator in the European multilateral Erasmus project entitled "Intercultural Education Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers" (IEREST). Other research/publishing includes the intercultural dimensions of lingua francas and language teaching, and intercultural dialogue.
Dr Nicola Savvides is a Lecturer in the School of Education and teaches on both the core modules on the intercultural pathway. Her research and teaching lie broadly within the fields of international and comparative education (especially the European dimension in education and European Schools), international and intercultural education, intercultural communication, and qualitative research methodology. She supervises postgraduate theses and dissertations in these and related areas, including English and foreign language education. She is engaged in a range of research activities and is Co-Investigator on the European multilateral Erasmus project entitled "Intercultural Education Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers" (IEREST).
What is my next step?
For more information on applying for a place on the MA Intercultural Education and Internationalisation programme, please visit How to Apply.
The relatively small student number makes it possible for everyone’s voice to be heard during the classes. We have the opportunity to express our own feelings and experiences and it’s good to hear and learn from the experience of others.
Shengnan Wang, MA Intercultural Education and Internationalisation, 2012-13.