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The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA will enable students to develop their expertise in curriculum development, teaching and learning, and assessment practices. Students will be able to analyse and reflect on their professional experience, and examine new developments in policy and practice, giving them the skills to become a successful leader, and helping them to create and sustain change.

About this degree

This programme will help students understand, analyse, debate and evaluate viewpoints, improving their research literacy and research skills, as well as helping them to contribute ideas on what young people need to learn in today's society, and most importantly, why.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Curriculum Development: Issues and Principles
  • Investigating Research Into Schooling, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Optional modules

Students select two optional modules from the following:

  • Assessment Issues and Practice
  • Educational Testing
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching
  • International Perspectives on Education Reform


Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words, or a 10,000-word report and an additional optional module.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered in collaborative learning groups. Our aim is to develop communities of learners, and we expect students to be active participants in creating new knowledge. All assessment is through coursework.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as heads of department, deputy heads and head teachers in UK schools, while others have jobs as curriculum developers in government education departments. Graduates can also be found working as university lecturers, researchers and PhD students.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 3), Horley Junior School
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Year 5), Dagenham Primary School
  • PhD in Philosophy of Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
  • Project Researcher, University of Lagos

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre of research and teaching in the field of education, and this programme is unique in the United Kingdom. You will study alongside students from all over the world, learn from tutors who are experts in the area, and become a leader of curriculum reform.

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.

Visit the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!





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