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Effective Learning and Teaching - MA

Course Description

This MA explores how effective learning happens, what influences it, and how it can be facilitated. It invites systematic reflection on participants' learning, and on how to promote others' learning through teaching.

Degree information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about critical perspectives on teaching and learning, and to experience active and collaborative approaches in learning communities. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own and others’ professional practice, and to participate in challenging, invigorating and thought-provoking discussions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) and either three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or four optional modules (120 credits), and a report (30 credits).

Core modules
-Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching

Optional modules - optional modules include:
-Assessment for Learning
-Assessment Issues and Practice
-Curriculum Development: Principles and Concepts
-Investigating Research

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a 20,000-word dissertation or a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, games, discussions and group tasks. Assessment is through writing a critical review of a chosen academic article and through writing an assignment in which small-scale research into a selected area of study is analysed. Peer and self-assessment are systematically included.


This programme will benefit those with several years' experience in the classroom who wish to take on more responsibility in their careers by drawing on research findings to inform their approaches in schools or colleges.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Primary School Class Teacher, Oriental School
-Sixth Form/International Baccalaureate Teacher (History)
-PhD in Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Some participants find their teaching approach is revitalised and better informed after taking the MA, leading them to become more confident and responsible teachers of young people.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MA takes the profession of teaching to a new level, challenging assumptions held since schooldays and reconceptualising the purposes of education today.

Visit the Effective Learning and Teaching - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required together with at least two years of full-time teaching experience and/or a recognised teaching qualification (for example, PGCE).

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