Gain a strong foundation in education practice and theory with our Master of Education degree. Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom.
With a flexible course structure, featuring nine specialisations and extra electives, you can pursue your own interests and further your specialist teaching practice. Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students and advanced standing is available to qualified educators who wish to fast-track their studies.
The Master of Education offers professional learning for educators in a broad range of fields, including early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and adult.
It’s designed for professionals who already hold, or seek to move into:
Please note that the Master of Education is not a teaching qualification.
In this course you will:
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 25 modules - a selection of modules is listed below.
All students submit a written dissertation.
Teaching and learning
Modules are available as distance learning, face-to-face or mixed-mode. (Please note, some modules are only available in one 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.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Education MA
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.
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.
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.
What is becoming increasingly apparent is the correlation between the highly skilled health and social care workforce that has the right skills, behaviours and education, and the delivery of excellent health and social care and an ability to transform services. There is clear recognition of how the educated workforce can effectively contribute towards the transformation of services and support the implementation of health and social care reform.
This UK and internationally dynamic course is aimed at all professionals including allied health professionals, health care scientists, nurses, midwives, doctors, and social workers who want to develop the knowledge, skills, qualities and behaviours to be effective leaders of health and social care education. The course combines education, leadership and service improvement and reform.
By the end of the course you will be able to: horizon scan and undertake educational leadership roles within a changing and complex health and social care environment; base your education and leadership practices on sound research and evidence based practice; lead an education based project for the benefit of service user and or service improvements; and advance your personal growth and self- belief as a leader of health and social care education. You will learn the skills to empower yourself and others to deliver health and social care reform and transformation through the leadership of health and social care education. You will develop in confidence and have the ability to try new and creative approaches to the work place, deal with complex educational leadership situations and provide effective educational /service outcomes.
The strength of the course is that it can be attended on a full or part-time basis and there are options for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards the masters programme.
This Masters course will provide you with real opportunities to develop your educational leadership skills and confidence for the benefit of practice; service; workforce development and themselves personally, professionally and academically. The strength of this course lies in its application to practice enabling you to apply new knowledge and skills to work. The range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective leader of health and social care education have been carefully developed into specialist modules.
You will be supported by an experienced leadership mentor who will help you analyse, reflect upon and develop as an educational leader. Your development will be targeted and evidenced against a recognised leadership quality framework and other educational frameworks such as NMC Practice Teacher (as applicable). We will also develop your skills of evidence based practice including searching for, appraising, implementing and evaluating the evidence. For added value, the course also offers master classes, giving you the opportunity to further explore and develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required to effectively lead within an education context.
If you want to implement education focused quality improvements that are locally led, patient-centred and clinically driven, this course will help you:
The mode of delivery is via:
The course design is flexible enough to align with the specifics of your own particular area of educational practice and /or subject focus. This helps you tailor your study and learning directly around your own interests and specific goals.
Assessment strategies reflect the real world recognising that you as educational leader have to present, report, justify, reflect, defend and write critically. You will be given opportunities to develop these skills throughout the programme. The programme therefore allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and include:
Following completion of the course you will have developed the expertise to lead education in health and social care contexts. There are opportunities for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards this Master’s programme. This provides you with a flexible and dynamic educational leadership career pathway. Indeed this is a real strength of attending the programme.
This specialist programme is suitable for educators such as teachers, school leaders, lecturers, inspectors, administrators and officials who want to gain an insight into educational policy issues of current global significance and their implications for the effective leadership of educational institutions.
The policy themes are covered in the first semester, and the leadership and management implications are covered in the second semester. Both areas emphasise an international comparative perspective.
Optional modules are to be taken from across the School of Education to place your studies in a broader context, including those tat cover research methods; technology, education and society; and special educational needs. There is also access to modules offered in the School of Politics and International Studies, including education and development, global justice, and global inequalities and development.
Participants from around the world come together to learn from each other as well as our tutors: all of whom are expert researchers in their fields. You’ll learn to apply critically educational theories to real challenges affecting schools, further and higher education worldwide.
You’ll have a wide range of opportunities to enhance your learning.
In your first year of postgraduate study, you’ll be able to join the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), complete with the access to leading journals and events that it provides, including its annual conference. You’ll also be encouraged to join the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration (CCEA).
In addition, we provide opportunities for educational visits, including a local school and a visit to London to discuss educational policy development with the local MP and civil servants.
The programme provides a comprehensive coverage of educational policy, leadership and management from an international comparative perspective.
There will be a wide choice of assignment topics, so that you can focus on themes of personal professional interest, including policy and leadership issues relating to schools, colleges and/or universities.
From the beginning of the programme, you’ll develop your research skills and apply them to your critical study. This gives you the chance to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice, which may be related to your own professional background.
You’ll be expected to sit in on our Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches module to improve your understanding of educational research, unless your tutor believes you already have enough knowledge in this area.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
You take three core modules, including your dissertation. You then choose another one or two optional modules from the School of Education or the closely-related MA in Global Development offered by the School of Politics and International Studies to complete the programme.
Most of our taught modules use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you’ll also be able to enhance your learning by attending the visits we organise to government departments and educational institutions.
However, independent study is also an important part of this programme, allowing you to form your own ideas and develop high-level skills.
We assess the module Contemporary Global Challenges for Research-informed Education Policy and Practice through an oral presentation on an educational policy issue supported by either a PowerPoint or a Poster to the equivalent of a 3,000 word assignment (worth 50%) and a 3,000 word essay assignment (worth 50%).
The assessment for Critical Perspectives on Educational Leadership Theory and Practice is through a single essay of around 6,000 words. This will provide a transition in the preparation of a more extended piece of writing leading up to the 12,000 word critical study.
Other modules selected from the School of Education and/or the School of Politics and International Studies may use similar or different methods of assessment, such as assignments, reflective logs and portfolio work, depending on the modules you choose.