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    1 year full time, up to 5 years flexible learning

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    04 January 2018

Course content

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.

About this degree

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
  • International Perspectives in Education Reform
  • Educational Testing


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Effective Learning and Teaching MA


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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Primary School Class Teacher, Oriental School
  • 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.

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

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





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