This pathway allows our international colleagues working in international education in and around Geneva to follow a research-led programme leading to a Masters level degree in their home area.

The Masters in International Education (in English) - Durham University (UK) - provides an opportunity to study broad educational and pedagogical issues, while an individually supervised dissertation offers the chance to research a specific issue in greater depth. Students 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.

Programme Structure
A three year part time Masters programme offered in English comprising six 30 credit modules. Four face to face taught modules, two per year in years one and two, and a double module dissertation in the final year.
Each taught module is delivered over a long weekend, from Friday to Sunday inclusive, at Campus des Nations. The first module each year is in November and the second is in March.
Taught modules offered in Geneva
(additional modules are available in Durham)
1. Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Purposeful Thought

Teaching for thinking – to encourage and support learners to develop a range of high quality thinking skills and processes – is encouraged in many education systems around the world. The module is organised around 5 specific strands: Reasoning and Understanding; Creative Thinking and Problem Solving; Evaluative Thinking and Quality Control; Wise Thinking and Decision Making; and, Emotions and Thinking.
2. Research Methods in Education
Research methods introduces different concepts and epistemologies fundamental to research in education. The module aims to develop a repertoire of key research skills including the evaluation of research techniques and approaches for knowledge creation and application across different research contexts. It is designed to underpin critical reflection and to support preparation for the final year dissertation.
3. International and Intercultural Education
 By exploring the relationship between education, internationalisation, citizenship and intercultural understanding, the module provides the conceptual and analytical means of reflecting upon the implications of internationalisation for education in general and curriculum planning in particular. 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.
4. Classroom Assessment
Assessment for and of learning is crucial for any teacher. This module provides the opportunity to engage with a range of issues  relating to educational assessment generally, and classroom assessment in particular, providing a theoretical and empirical basis for classroom assessment. Problems which arise with implementation, both at a local level and more widely are considered and implications for teachers, pupils and other stakeholders explored. These will be contextualised within the principles of assessment in general. 
Assessment of the Taught Modules
A written assignment of 5,000 words is submitted within 6 months of completion of the module – exact dates are specified in the module guidance each year.
On successful completion of the four taught modules a 60 credit dissertation of 15,000 words is researched and submitted. This provides an opportunity to explore in depth a topic or issue of relevance and interest. Guidance and support are provided by Durham University tutors at appropriate points in the Programme and a dissertation handbook provides further background information.
How to apply
Information about application for admission on to the programme is made directly to Durham University by emailing  Tel: +44 191 334 1000.

Funding of Professional development of Ecolint staff:
Any teacher or member of staff wishing to complete this programme through the Institute of Learning and Teaching can request for a financial assistance. For more information, please read the Funding Policy

Please note that the funding request only applies for the current-year bill and cannot be validated retroactively.

How to apply

Further general information about the programme in Geneva can be obtained by contacting Karen Taylor, Director of Education Ecolint at

Information about application for admission on to the programme is made directly to Durham University by emailing  Tel: +44 191 334 1000.

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