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100% online MA International Education

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
    • 180 credits
    • Complete in as little as 14 months
Achieve your ambitions as an international educator with the Keele difference – a 100% online MA from a university ranked in the top 10 in England for Education

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MA – 14 months full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Top 10 in England for Education*
  • Top 300 in the World for Education**
  • Britain's Best University, as ranked by students***
  • 80% of research 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'****
  • £7,440 total fees with option to pay per module
  • Keele alumni discount available
*Complete University Guide, 2021
**Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2023
***No. 1 in the UK, Student Crowd University Awards, 2022
****Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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An online Master’s that equips educators for success on the international stage

The 100% online MA International Education from Keele University is an innovative master’s degree that has been designed for current and aspiring international educators who want to teach and lead effectively in a wide range of international contexts.

The programme equips you for success in careers including educational practitioner in international schools, international schools governor, government advisor, as well as business development director or project manager at International NGOs. Our education graduates have gone on to diverse careers in schools and universities as well as in politics, the civil service, policy think tanks, business, national and international NGOs, local authority and creative industries, both in the UK and internationally.

Uniquely flexible study designed for educators

At Keele University, we understand the time pressures on educators and education professionals and the demands of balancing work and study. The flexible design of this online course is such an important benefit because it means that you can access academic content at times that suit you. Crucially, this enables you to study around full-time work and family commitments and enables you to continue to earn and progress in your current role as you study.

With six starts a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin your studies within weeks.

What you will learn

The online MA International Education enables you to demonstrate to employers a level of critical and intellectual rigour that can place you at the forefront of key educational careers internationally. It enables you to approach education as a multi-dimensional discipline, exploring educational issues through economic, social, political and professional lenses. It equips you to reflect critically on aspects of your own practice in an international context and broaden your understanding of the latest teaching developments and education research at local, regional, national and international levels. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the changing world of education in the context of social, political, economic and cultural globalisation.

Benefit from a leading Education department at a University that excels in student satisfaction

Keele University was ranked as one of the top 10 universities in England for Education in the Complete University Guide 2021. At an international level, Keele University was rated in the top 250 in the world in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2021.

We firmly believe that this national and international recognition has resulted from our high standards in teaching, research and student experience. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’.

Entry requirements for home and international students

  • A minimum of 2:2 undergraduate degree or a UK Master’s degree (or international equivalent).


  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience.


  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in education. This can include a wide range of educational experiences, ranging from teaching practice, educational development, educational consultancy and advising, and a range of positions in educational organisations other than schools, universities and further education colleges, such as recruitment agencies, companies specialising in the analysis of educational institutions, government organisations, local councils, charities and NGOs/ INGOs. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • TOEFL overall minimum 79
  • PTE Academic overall minimum 50
  • Cambridge (CAE & CPE) overall 169 with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Duolingo with 95 overall including minimum 85 in each element
  • A degree qualification taught in English and completed within the last two years

Technical requirements

As these programmes are delivered 100% online, you will be required to have access to a desktop computer or laptop, with an up-to-date operating system and the ability to use an up-to-date web browser such Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Webcam access would be beneficial to online learning, as some modules require submission of videos for assessment and feedback. Usage of Microsoft Office 365 is also required (access is included at no extra cost to Keele Students). Additionally, students will be required to access their learning resources using Canvas via a web browser. 

Canvas LMS Browser and Computer Requirements 

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 3 September 2024
Documents deadline: 27 August 2024
Application deadline: 20 August 2024


Total programme fees: £7,440
Per 15-credit module fee: £620

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

Keele alumni discount: if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Keele, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction, reducing total fees payable to £6,696.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £620.


Top 10 in England for Education (Complete University Guide 2021)
Top 300 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023)
Top 10 for Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2020)
Award - Britain's best university, as ranked by students (StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022)

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