Institute of Education MA
Institute of Education MA
This stimulating programme takes a broad view of education, covering themes such as: curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, the relationship between education and society, and the importance of education research. It is ideal for those working in teaching, education management or policy, who wish to increase their understanding of current education issues and enhance their career.
This programme is designed for participants across the world, and explores the global forces that influence education, encouraging students to relate their learning to their contexts. Optional modules from specialist fields are available and students can customise their studies to their interests. Students have excellent levels of support, including access to a personal tutor for the duration of the programme and an online learning environment which has discussion areas and links to online resources and library support.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Students choose from over 50 modules from across the IOE, representing an extensive range of specialisms, interests and modes of delivery. For examples of the optional modules on offer, see below.
- Assessment: Issues and Practice
- Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
- Curriculum, Policy and Practice
- Early Childhood Education
- Education and Development in Asia
- Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates
- Education and International Developments: Concepts, Theories and Issues
- Educational Traditions and Systems in Europe
- Gender, Education and Development
- Leading and Managing Change and Improvement
- Learning and Teaching with Technologies
- Materials Development for Language Teaching
- Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
- Philosophy of Religion
- Planning for Education and Development
- Principles and Practice of Development Education
- Religion and School Life
- Second Language Acquisition
- Sociology of Education
- Technology and Education: Beyond the Classroom
All students submit a written dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
Modules are available as distance learning, face-to-face and mixed-mode. The programme is flexible, so you can take one or two modules a year, or maybe more, and spread your studies out as you see fit.
Modes and duration
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
- £7,925 (FT) £3,930 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,470 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master’s fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. (Please note: one or two optional modules may have additional, specific entry requirements).
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
For students starting in July: This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.
For students starting in October, this programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October only.
For students applying through the University of London International Programmes: international students can apply for a Student Visitor Visa to study the face-to-face parts of this programme if required.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates from the Education MA have gone on to be successful in a variety of fields related to education. Graduates who are already in teaching positions have reported that they have been promoted, often to senior leadership positions. Other graduates have gone on to find new jobs in their related fields, which has included education at all phases (from early years through to higher education), and policy and research contexts. Many of our graduates work in international contexts, and some are working on plans to open their own schools, or are working with NGOs on education and development projects. Some have also gone on to undertake further research on PhD programmes.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.
The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD programmes, variously presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed-mode formats. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.
The department’s student population is very diverse: students on initial teacher education programmes, practising teachers, and a rich and diverse range of international students.
Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This programme is suited to a broad range of education professionals including teachers in a range of subjects and phases, educators interested in leadership or promotion, and others interested in various aspects of education including policy and development.
- All applicants
- 1 March 2017
We are not usually able to consider late applications.
For more information see our Applications page.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.