Centre for International Education (CIE)


CIE has a long and proud history of providing high-quality, research-led courses to students and practitioners from around the world in a truly international and multi-cultural environment.

Graduates have gone on to careers in a wide variety of professions in International organisations, national education ministries, educational institutions, NGOs and universities.

CIE faculty lead three major postgraduate courses in the field of International Education and Development based at the School of Education & Social Work:

International Education and Development MA (MAIED)
A one-year (or two-year part-time) course with core modules on theories and policy issues in international education and development, as well as optional modules. The course involves research methods training and a dissertation. This flagship course has expanded greatly over recent years: this year's cohort comprised 47 students from more than 17 nationalities.


Gender and Identities: Education, Citizenship and Youth

The module addresses the production of citizenship identities within and through education in the Global South. It has a particular focus on youth identities, the ways these are gendered, and the intersections with other dimensions of identity including ethnicity, nationality, religion and socio-economic status. The module critically engages with contemporary international education and development policy agendas, including the Sustainable Development Goals and international policy conventions related to gender and youth. It explores in depth different theories of gender and identities and the particular insights they afford for international education and development agendas. Their insights and methodological implications will be further illuminated throughout the module through close engagement with relevant research literature related to a wide range of Global South contexts.

Refugee Education

This module brings together the fields of refugee studies and education policy and practice in both formal and non-formal settings, and at all stages in the life cycle. It considers the conceptualisation of ‘the refugee’ and associated concepts (asylum seekers, Internally Displaced People, forced migrants etc.), and how this relates to the modern nation state and institutions of global governance. It explores the international policy environment relating to refugees and different theoretical perspectives for understanding their diverse experiences in both the geographical north and south.


Undergraduate Pathway in International Education and Development: 60 credits
This Pathway is open to single honours undergraduates in disciplines across the University. It comprises four modules of 15 credits each, two taken in each of the first two years of a degree course. The pathway focuses on the educational issues faced by governments and people in the Global South, as well as the effects of education on the social and economic development of the individual, their families and society.

First Year Modules

  • Education for Development: Aid, Policy and the Global Agenda
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Second Year Modules

  • Access, Equity and Gender
  • Education, Peacebuilding and Conflict

Since 2016, CIE faculty also run a stand-alone second-year undergraduate option in 'International Education and Development' for students in the School of Global Studies.

International Education and Development PhD 
This course gives doctoral researchers opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in the field of development and education and to hone advanced research skills in methodologies appropriate for contexts in low-income countries. It also provides the support and resources necessary to complete a substantial piece of research - in most cases with a significant empirical component. Each researcher is allocated two dedicated supervisors.

Researchers taking this course come from a wide variety of countries, educational settings and backgrounds: classroom teachers, further and higher education lecturers, teacher-educators, middle and senior managers and administrators, tutors and trainers in other professional fields such as the health services and industry. Many are, or have been, practising educators in schools, colleges and universities and are undertaking research on themes related to their personal and professional development. This can be to develop deeper understanding of the complexities of contemporary professional environments, or to open up alternative career horizons.

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