International Education and Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #147 (WUR) ,
Education at Sussex is ranked 11th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 85 per cent of research is rated as internationally recognised or higher. Education was awarded a very high grade in the latest QAA Review of Education.


Masters-level courses in education and teaching are designed to meet the needs of those working – or wanting to work – in teaching, management, education and development contexts. We aim to provide courses that:

  • are grounded in research
  • recognise and build on prior education-related knowledge and experience
  • develop professionally relevant knowledge, skills and understanding
  • enable the acquisition of further qualifications that enhance your career prospects.
Some courses are offered on a part-time basis, combining attendance in the evenings with occasional day schools.
This MA has established its reputation over the last three decades and is highly regarded internationally. This innovative course links theory with research, policy and practice, 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.

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.

Programme Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 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.

Autumn term: you take Policy and Practice: Issues in International Education and Development • Theories of International Education and Development.
Spring term: you choose two from

  • Curriculum, Learning and Society •
  • Foundations of Educational Policy, Planning and Development: the Global Governance of
Education and Conflict
  • Teachers: Policy and Practice in International Contexts
  • The Global Governance of Education and Conflict.
Alternatively, with approval, you may take a module from related courses from across the University.
Summer term: tutorial support is provided as you work on your dissertation.

The module Academic and Research Skills runs throughout the year, training you to become a skilled consumer and producer of research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14450 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14450 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
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