Dr. Derek Irwin

Head of School of Education and English


It is a genuine pleasure to welcome you to our School of Education and English.  We are an international and interdisciplinary community, with branches in the UK, Malaysia and here in China.  Most of our staff have experience in these locations and beyond, and bring to us the diverse perspectives and experience needed for successful higher education today.  Our school here at UNNC is unique, combining many of the strengths of our associated schools into one which is particularly suited to its context.

We comprise three excellent programme strands, including those in Education:

PhD in Education,

Professional Doctorate in Education programme (EdD),

MA in International Higher Education and 

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages;

Those in English:

PhD in English or Applied Linguistics,

MA in Applied Linguistics,

BA English Language and Applied Linguistics,

BA English Language and Literature, and

BA English with International Business;

And those in Interpreting and Translation:

PhD in Interpreting and Translation, and

MA in Interpreting and Translation, Mandarin and English

More information on all of these degrees can be found on the respective programme pages.

In addition to their commitment to teaching and supervision, our staff are involved in many outreach programmes with educators, professionals and others here in China and beyond.  Our research is internationally-reaching and of the highest quality, and I would encourage you to visit the webpages of our teaching staff to get to know some of their activities a bit better.