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In the MA Education (Citizenship), students explore educational, political and philosophical debates that have influenced the curriculum and the learning and teaching of citizenship in schools, colleges and related settings. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on principles, practices and issues that shape and relate to policy and professional practice in citizenship education and to develop theorized and evidence-informed perspectives on policy and practice.

About this degree

Students explore the key concepts involved in understanding citizenship education. They develop an understanding of contemporary issues and key research findings in citizenship education and related areas, and are supported to apply this knowledge in practice in educational settings and related contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (90 credits), and either one optional module (30 credits) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits). The dissertation or report may be taken with an ‘Integrated Research Methods’ element or without this element.

Compulsory modules

  • What is Education?
  • Teaching Controversial Issues
  • Understanding Research
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) or dissertation OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) or report

Optional modules

Students choose either one or two optional modules from a range available in the wider UCL Institute of Education offering. 

The following list indicates the kinds of modules we have on offer. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will run every year.

Please contact the Programme Leader for further information. 

  • Education and Identities: Citizenship, Rights, Narratives
  • The Holocaust in the Curriculum
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Assessment: Issues and Practice
  • Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
  • Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum Policy and Practice
  • Debates in the History of Education
  • Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Educational Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Education and Muslim Communities
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Gender, Sexuality and Education
  • Leading the Geography Curriculum
  • Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
  • Philosophy of Education: Values, Aims and Society
  • Sociology of Education
  • Issues and Debates in RE
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development


All students undertake a Dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits) or a Report of 10,000 words (30 credits) OR a Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (2,000-word proposal and a 17,000-word dissertation - 60 credits) or a Report with Integrated Research Methods (1,500-word proposal and 8,000-word report - 30 credits). In all cases, the focus of the dissertation or report must be citizenship education.

Teaching and learning

The dissertation/report module includes may be taken with an online ‘Integrated Research Methods’ course in term 1 of the module or without this element, depending on students' preferences. 

Students are allocated a dissertation/report supervisor. For most of the module, teaching and learning takes place through regular one-to-one research supervision meetings with your supervisor.  


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 of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, senior leaders in schools in the UK and internationally, while others work in a range of other educational settings and for governments in curriculum design and related areas.


The programme develops students' ability to think critically and analytically about theory and practice in educational settings and the ability to organise and evaluate empirical and theoretical claims and arguments about educational aims and practices. Students learn to organise, evaluate and present data and argument in robust and critically informed ways and to read, design, conduct and evaluate educational research, taking account of relevant practical, theoretical and ethical issues.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA Education is located in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a world-leading centre for subject-specialist education. By studying the citizenship education route, you will have the opportunity to reflect on practice in citizenship education and, through assignments focused on contemporary subject-specific teaching and learning, you will have opportunities to develop and evaluate interventions to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of citizenship in educational settings and related contexts.

You will be encouraged to read widely in specialist literature and be introduced to world-leading theory and research in citizenship education and in education studies more broadly. 

The MA Education (Citizenship) offers students the opportunity to study face-to-face, to combine online study with face-to-face sessions, or to pursue their studies entirely by online learning. Online learning and blended learning provide access to our courses for students studying at a distance

Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment


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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at:

Who can apply?

The citizenship education route through the MA Education is suited to teachers of citizenship, to policy-makers working in citizenship education, to museum educators, and to others interested in citizenship education working in NGOs and other organisations with educational remits. 

Application deadlines

6 September 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study citizenship education at graduate level
  • why you want to study citizenship education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to your 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.

Visit the Education (Citizenship) MA page on the University College London website for more details!