School of Public Policy and Professional Practice
(in association with Payap University, Chiang Mai,
MBA Education (International) Thailand)
MBA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate,
Part-Time Distance Learning
Course Director: Professor Stephen Cropper
Contact Name: Miss Dorothy Tyson
Position: Course Administrator
Address: School of Public Policy and Professional Practice
Staffordshire ST5 5BG
Telephone: +44 (0) 1782 733126
Fax: +44 (0) 1782 734069
Please Note that this programme is delivered exclusively at Payap University, Aims of the Course
Chiang Mai, Thailand (http://ic.payap.ac.th). This part-time, semi-distance learning
programme starts in May each year with the taught element concluding 18 months The course offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of
later. policies, issues and practices in contemporary education
management and leadership. Drawing on international
Contact: Dr Stephen Whitehead (Asia Programme Co-Ordinator)
Email: email@example.com research, the programme provides advanced skills and
Tel/Fax: (0066) (0)53838869 knowledge of senior level education management practice.
Through examination of cross-cultural comparisons, the
course develops awareness of the global context of education
One of the longest established MBA courses for management and directly assists the education professional
educationalists in the UK, this programme is now available in their own career development.
for the first time in Asia. All teaching is undertaken at
The course is based on six taught modules and submitted
Payap University,Chiang Mai, Thailand. The programme is
assignments. The course materials are introduced during 4
exclusively recruited, taught, assessed and managed by
four-day residentials held at Payap University and then used
Keele University professors and administrators. Successful
as the basis of a theoretical/reflexive evaluation of policy and
students are awarded one of the most prestigious British MBA
practice as experienced by the student. The course develops
Education qualifications available anywhere.
research skills through the assignments and these are applied
Entry Requirements in a dissertation undertaken from the October of year 2 and
submitted one year later. The dissertation topic is individually
There are no specific undergraduate subject requirements but
negotiated and offers opportunity for consideration of work-
students should have a good honours degree (or equivalent)
based, local or national policy and professional applications.
plus appropriate professional training and/or experience. As
the course is taught and assessed exclusively in English,
applicants must be able to demonstrate fluency in the English
MBA Education (International)
Course Structure and Content Assessment
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There are no formal examinations. Assessment is based
The course is part-time, semi-distance learning and on assignments and the end of course dissertation. All
comprises six taught modules and a dissertation. assignments are between 3,000 and 4,500 words in length
and are graded according to School and University guidelines.
Students attend four, four-day residentials (May and October)
Work that does not secure the 50% pass grade can be
during the 18 month taught element of the programme. This
opportunity for students of different cultural backgrounds to
share knowledge and experiences is a vital aspect of this The dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words is similarly marked
internationally-focused MBA in Education. Module-specific and constitutes one-third of the total Masters programme
distance learning materials are provided for each module and (60 credits). The degree may be awarded with distinction
introduced at each residential. where work shows exceptional merit. All marking is full,
structured and developmental. Tutorial support is available
Assignments are submitted approximately four months after
during assignment preparation. In order to be eligible for the
each introductory session. The course director assumes a
award of a Postgraduate Certificate a student must have
tutorial responsibility for all students, but after dissertation
successfully completed 60 taught module credits. In order to
interests have been determined, supervisors are allocated
be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma a student
from the teaching team.
must have successfully completed 120 taught module credits.
The six taught modules (120 credits) are:
Our intention is that key elements of the teaching will be
• Organisational behaviour and development – the culture, provided by a member of the Education or Management
operation and evaluation of education organisations, School of Keele University working alongside support
management and leadership tutors with direct knowledge and experience of international
(15 credits). education management.
• Quality, improvement and effectiveness – best practice and Key / Module Tutors
best value in the pursuit of advanced professionalism (30 Professor Stephen Cropper (School of Public Policy and
credits). Professional Practice, Keele University)
• Strategic management – planning for and coping with Dr Stephen Whitehead (School of Public Policy and
change in a high performing education environment (15 Professional Practice, Keele University).
Dr Carole Thornley (Keele Management School)
Dr Michael Tomlinson (School of Public Policy and
• Resource management – maximising resource creativity, Professional Practice, Keele University)
evaluation and audit (15 credits).
At most residentials we invite international experts in
• Human resource issues – individual performance education management, policy and research to lead two-hour
management and team enhancement (15 credits). talk and debate sessions with the students.
• Research methods – introduction and guide to contrasting
research methodologies, concepts and issues. The
application of diverse research methods within a cross-
cultural perspective (30 credits).
Details of application procedures are given on
All modules are taught from the perspective of senior level
the postgraduate website at www.keele.ac.uk/
professionals, researchers, administrators and leaders in
postgraduate. If you are unable to access this
then an application form and the Postgraduate
While a significant focus is on the Western education system, Prospectus can be requested via email, telephone
the teaching has an international dimension and ethnocentric or post:
application in that it draws on research and management
experience from around the world.
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 734472
Keele tutors are supported by senior practitioners in
education, together with guest speakers with specialist The Postgraduate Office
knowledge and/or research experience of international Keele University
education management. Staffordshire ST5 5BG