Milla-Lotta Huhtala

Subject Education
Course MA International Studies in Education
Country Finland
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hello i work in international office and very interested in internationalization. do you think this program is suitable for managerial position like me?



Thank you for your question. The course is not a business studies course, and it is not designed to provide an education about international markets. The course addresses questions about the development of education in different societies around the world.


If you are looking for a course which will teach you about the commercial environment in different world markets, I think you should look for postgraduate courses offered by the Business School.


Good luck!

I’m interested in highier education and ESL. I find the program in Birmingham really valuable. Do you think I can link the program to my interests in teaching English as a second lanaguge and highier eduaction ?

Hi! Thank you for your question. If you want to focus on teaching English, I would advice you to take a look at the Masters course/ Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Here is the link:

The compulsory modules in Teaching English as a Foreign Language focus on language and teaching, but for the optional modules you can choose some of the same modules that I did on my course in International Studies in Education, where higher education is one of the topics.

Hopefully you find the most suitable course for you!

Best of Luck!

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I looked at many postgraduate courses at universities all over Europe and beyond. However, I found the course that best matched my interests was right here in Birmingham where I was completing my undergraduate degree. I was quite surprised at this, but also happy as I enjoy life here in the university, in the city and in the surrounding cities. My experience at the undergraduate level here at the University was that the course was well structured and the staff were very committed and exceptionally supportive. This is why I was pleased to continue my studies at the University.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I really enjoyed my undergraduate course in Childhood, Culture and Education. It gave me a comprehensive understanding of the field and stimulated my interest in a number of specific areas. One of these areas was the importance of education in the development of societies, and the recognition of rights within societies. I wanted to deepen my understanding of these issues and prepare myself for a career in educational development.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

There are a number of “best” things about the course. The staff are all knowledgeable, approachable and supportive. The subject matter matches my interests exceptionally well, and it is exciting to learn in-depth about issues that I believe to be important. My fellow students are from all over the world, and we all gain greatly from hearing the perspectives of others who have different backgrounds. My course is interdisciplinary, and receiving tuition from two different departments helps to give perspective to the issues we discuss.

Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

The University offers opportunities to participate in every interest; academic and leisure. I have been a member of the ‘UNICEF on Campus’ society which I have enjoyed greatly. While socialising with fellow students from different departments I get to learn about issues close to my heart, have fun fund-raising, and raise awareness of the important work that UNICEF does.

I also volunteered for 5 weeks at Volunteer West Africa in Ghana. VWA was co-founded by a University of Birmingham alumnus who came to the University to tell us about the organisation. Volunteering was a great opportunity for me as it gave me practical experience of issues that we learn of at a theoretical level on my course which gives me a deeper understanding of real situations.

How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

I am interested in pursuing a career in the fields of development and education and both my undergraduate and masters courses are providing me with the knowledge and understanding that I need. I am likely to be working for international organisations and in international environments, and the multi-national student body at the University ensures that we are all aware of the importance of cultural and societal differences. The staff have a wide range of international experience, and their high standards challenge us to achieve our potential.