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School of Education

MA Education (International) - Geneva

This pathway allows our international colleagues in and around Geneva to follow a research-led programme leading to a Master's level degree in their home area. The MA Education will provide you with the opportunity to study broad educational and pedagogical issues, while an individually supervised dissertation offers you the opportunity to research a specific issue in greater depth. You will gain an understanding of the nature and significance of educational issues, both generic and subject-specific, and examine the ways in which educational research might illuminate these topics.

This programme is ideal for you if you are:

  • a professional in any fields of education and community development (e.g. teaching, management and leadership, community engagement and education, policy and curriculum development);
  • a new graduate or an early career teacher seeking a postgraduate degree to gain knowledge and skills important to education and other relevant contexts;
  • or a part-time applicant who wishes to take a high quality Durham University Master's degree in Geneva.

If you join the Geneva programme in a part-time capacity, you will have a limited choice of modules but you can increase your options by attending the International Postgraduate Summer Institute (IPSI) delivered in Durham (where other modules will be available) during the summer holidays each year.

If you are a particularly strong candidate, you may be encouraged to use modules completed for this programme to pursue your studies on the School of Education's Doctor of Education programme.

For the taught modules, teaching and learning will take place through seminars, tutorials, discussion and presentations held during long weekend blocks in Geneva for each module. There will normally be two modules offered each year and module availability will be determined by interest - normally a group would have 12-15 members to be viable.

The compulsory modules for this programme are:

* This module is optional for those course members who have completed the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) in Geneva and have, therefore, completed a level 4 module in Learning and Teaching.

You will also choose one of the following optional modules:

*If you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) in Geneva, you can choose two modules instead of taking Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Creativity and Productive Thought.

The final, double module (60 credits) is a dissertation, which is an empirical study of personal interest or of relevance to the international context in which you work.

In all of these modules, you will critically engage with the theory and practice of education and consider the implications for your own international practice.

In Geneva, you will have access to:

  • support from the on-site librarian;
  • access to Geneva University Library of Education and Psychology, with its extensive collection of periodicals, journals and books;
  • high speed internet access.

In Durham, the extensive facilities include:

  • access to Durham University's virtual learning environment (DUO), which includes access to hundreds of electronic databases and digital resources as well as over 1,500 electronic academic journals.

You will also have email contact with a tutor who will help you to complete the assignments, in addition to the online support available through DUO. This useful resource contains lecture notes, links to the library, journal articles and access to forum groups.

Prof Lynn Newton's research interests lie in the area of science and design and technology education, particularly in connection with effective communication in science and strategies that support teaching for understanding in science. She has researched teaching for understanding across the primary curriculum and the use of analogical reasoning to support the construction of understanding, and most recently, teaching for creativity and productive thought. This is the focus of her current book Creativity and Problem Solving across the Primary Curriculum (Routledge, 2011). She has written, edited or co-authored over a dozen books on science teaching, primary teaching and professional studies in the primary school. She has also written over one hundred academic and professional papers on these areas.

You should normally have an Honours degree at 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject area, although significant relevant experience will also be considered;

If English is not your first language, IELTS: an overall score of at least 7.0 with no element under 6.5, TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test): at least 102 with no element under 25. If you have already completed a degree programme where English was the language of instruction, it may be possible to use this as evidence of your English language proficiency in lieu of a language test.

Three years (PT)


For more information on applying for a place on the MA Education (International) - Geneva programme, please visit How to Apply.

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