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The MA Education (Geography) will increase a student's understanding of the literature and concepts of geography education, while advancing their professional skills and developing their knowledge for successful subject leadership.

About this degree

The course aims to engage students in deep critical thought about geography education with a view to improving the quality of the geography curriculum experience for young people and to view geography as a resource with unique educational potential. The course encourages students to examine critical debates in geography and ask what value these have for schools.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (30 credits each), and a choice between one optional module (30 credits) and either a Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods or a Dissertation (60 credits), OR two optional modules (30 credits each) and a Report with Integrated Research Methods (30 credits).

Compulsory modules

Three modules are compulsory as listed below.

  • Transforming the Geography Curriculum
  • What is Education?
  • Understanding Research

Optional modules

A range of optional modules including those listed below will also be accessible subject to their availability.

  • Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Design and Use of Technologies for Education
  • Education, Ethics and Imagination in a Globalising World
  • Curriculum, Policy and Practice
  • Sociology of Education
  • Philosophy of Education : Values, Aims and Society
  • Assessment : Issues and Practice
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Gender, Sexuality and Education
  • International Perspectives on Education Reform : Curriculum and Assessment
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Primary Education
  • Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
  • Teaching Controversial Issues
  • Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Muslims and 'Islamic' Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Philosophy of Education : Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
  • Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Contemporary Issues in English Education

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 19-20,000 word dissertation (60 credits) or a 10,000 word report (30 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via online learning, with optional face-to-face sessions or equivalent online sessions. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 19-20,000 word dissertation or a 10,000 word report.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


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 the programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, heads of humanities, heads of geography and senior managers in primary and secodary schools while others have jobs as policy-makers and education consultants. Graduates can also be found working as geography teacher training tutors and PhD students.


 MA Education (Geography) students will develop a wide range of skills including:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Successfully transferring principles from one context to another
  • Building logical and balanced arguments based on critical consideration of evidence
  • Offering creative solutions to complex problems
  • Research skills (including the framing of research questions and the collection of evidence)
  • Expressing ideas fluently in both writing and speaking

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme offers students the opportunity to develop a personal response to the challenges of geography education, looking at the contribution geography will make to educating young people in the future. It will also encourage students to seek publication for excellent pieces of coursework and research and will advance professional skills and knowledge of successful geography subject leadership.

The programme aims to engage students with a theoretical understanding of curriculum development in geographical education and the study of research methods within the field.

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: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed to appeal to a range of professionals with an interest in schools including prospective and practising teachers, school managers, governors, advisors and teacher educators.

Application deadlines

6 September 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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