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Course content

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.

Degree information

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).

Core modules
-What is Education?
-Understanding Research

Optional modules
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.


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.

Visit the Education - MA page on the University College London website for more details!





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