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History of Education - MA

Course Description

The History of Education MA critically analyses the experience of education and learning from the 18th century to the present day. You will engage with oral, written and visual sources in an exciting intellectual atmosphere. The knowledge, skills and understanding you gain will provide a solid foundation for career development.

Degree information

Key debates in the history of education, the analysis of arguments, concepts and historical sources. The dissertation enables detailed research on a topic in the history of education within an international perspective. Focusing on wider themes, collaborating with museums and archives and connecting to policy and practice, is encouraged. A wide range of optional modules is available.

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
- Debates in the History of Education
- What is Education?

Optional modules
Optional modules are chosen from a wide range in education and history to suit individual needs.

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation with integrated research methods which comprises a 2,000-word proposal and a 17,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, discussions, visits, walking tours and collaborative work. Assessment takes place through 5,000-word essays and a dissertation.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas: for example, as a senior archivist, a professor of education, a senior journalist and a policy adviser.

Students gain vital experience in critically analysing arguments and historical sources such as written, visual and oral documents. Applying a historical perspective to contemporary policy and practice is a crucial skills that also aids career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education is the well-established home of high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education and international development.

The History of Education MA is located with the world-renowned International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) and is closely connected to national and international research communities, conferences and publications which offer opportunities for networking, career progression and potential publication of student work.

The department and staff teaching on this degree have extensive expertise in equality and human rights, social justice and education in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution.

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