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Evaluation, Inspection and Educational Improvement - MA/PGCert

Course Description

The Evaluation, Inspection and Educational Improvement MA will deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of evaluation, inspection and education improvement models and frameworks. It will enable them to critically evaluate emerging ideas and help them to consider the importance of values, equality, human rights and international perspectives when furthering their understanding of inspection and evaluation systems and practices.

Degree information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to work collaboratively online with participants from other inspection and evaluation systems across the world, whilst honing practice through sharply focused research. Students will be able to conduct an independent study, developing a case study of their workplace practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme includes two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits); or five modules (150 credits) and a report (30 credits). A Postgraduate Certificate, two core modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules
-Principles, Frameworks and Context of Educational Evaluation and Inspection
-Evaluation and Inspection for Educational Improvement

Optional modules - optional modules can be chosen from the Master's-level module offering at the UCL Institute of Education.

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

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered by distance for which online materials (literature and examples) are provided. Each session includes specific tasks which require students to reflect on the literature and have online discussions with peers. There are also opportunities for Skype (group) discussions/tutorials or Q&A. The assessment of each module includes written and online assignments linked to participants' own inspection practice, and a dissertation or report.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as inspectors, while others have jobs as regulators. Graduates can also be found working as senior staff in inspection services, or working in/with schools on peer review and self-evaluations.

The programme provides an opportunity to develop critical and analytical skills in relation to: evaluation and judgement; organisational improvement; the use of data and evidence; the use of evaluation, inspection and audit.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality, depth and breadth of research and development work carried out at the Department of Learning and Leadership has an outstanding reputation. The department is at the forefront of developing research and new knowledge for and about school inspections, school evaluation and school improvement, in London, nationally and internationally.

The programme enables students to become thought leaders in evaluation, inspection and educational improvement driving careers as effective professionals, in this very competitive field.

The programme offers a number of guest lectures by high-profile professors, as well as practitioners (particularly senior HMIs).

Visit the Evaluation, Inspection and Educational Improvement - MA/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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, plus at least two years' relevant work experience. Those who do not meet these criteria must show an ability to meet the demands of the programme through a qualifying assignment, to be agreed by the Programme Leader.

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