This MA is taught in Singapore at the Institute for Adult Learning. The programme aims to provide professionals with responsibility for managing, delivering or supporting lifelong learning with opportunities to develop their own analysis and practice and equip them with the knowledge and skills relating to leadership in their practice.
- Application dates All applicants: Open: 19 October 2015 Close: 29 July 2016
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest. Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .
Students gain understanding of the context for the emergence of lifelong learning, as well as its incorporation into policies for educational and professional development. They are also able to critically analyse adult learning policy at the national and organisational levels, and acquire the tools to analyse and plan their own professional development and that of others in their organisation.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme comprises four core modules (120 creates) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Core Modules Analysing Adult Education Policy and Practice Leading and Innovating in Professional Development Lifelong Learning: Theories and Perspectives The Design, Conduct and Evaluation of Educational and Social Research
- Dissertation/report All students submit a 20,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face full-day sessions carried out over five days (including weekends). It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, essays and portfolios with reflective statements, and a 20,000-word dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .
- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships Value: Eligibility: Overseas students Criteria:
- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships Value: Eligibility: EU students Criteria:
- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year) Eligibility: Overseas students Criteria: Based on academic merit
- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars Value: Fees and some expenses Eligibility: Overseas students Criteria:
- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year) Eligibility: Overseas students Criteria:
Graduates can expect to find employment in adult education and development, human resources management, policy-making and implementation, and research. Recent career destinations include: - Learning and Development Manager, Apple Inc. - Director, Carrie Academy International - Global Change Manager, Levi Strauss - Early Childhood trainer and consultant - Senior Manager, Enterprise Productivity & Capability Development Office, Workforce Development Agency - Research and Development - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Facilitator, CapitaLand Limited
- Employability Students will understand the context for the emergence of lifelong learning, as well as its incorporation into policies for educational and professional development. They will acquire tools and conceptual frameworks to critically analyse and plan their own practice and development, as well as evaluate areas of development as managers, and plan and undertake professional development activities. They will also acquire the concepts and theories relating to policy-making, and learn to critically analyse adult education policy at the national and organisation levels.
In addition students develop analytical ability and critical theory, as well as research writing skills.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The MA was adapted from the highly regarded London-based MA in Lifelong Learning to meet the needs of policy makers, researchers, managers, trainers, and others involved in the development of Continuing Education and Training (CET) in Singapore. It plays an important role in the building of research capacity and capability in CET, and forms part of the range of qualifications available to adult educators and others working in CET in Singapore.
In response to student interest, the MA will from 2015/16 include modules on leading and innovating in professional development, and analysing adult education policy and practice.
Part of the attraction of the MA is the networking among students working in education and training or human resources management, in the public and private sectors.
Application and next steps
- Applications Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- Who can apply? The MA will be of interest to policymakers, researchers, managers, trainers, and others involved in the development of adult education and/or Continuing Education and Training (CET) in Singapore. This includes - anyone who oversees educational programmes and learning-related activities in an educational institution or workplace - anyone who designs and/or delivers formal learning programmes (for example, courses) or informal learning activities (for example, coaching or mentoring) - anyone who has to formulate or implement learning policy, and oversees professional development in the workplace - anyone who needs a higher degree pathway to research in CET or lifelong learning
The MA will be of particular interest to those in mid-level management positions in policy-making and implementation, as well as training, development and human resources, in both the private and public sectors.
What are we looking for? When we assess your application we would like to learn: - why you want to study Lifelong Learning at graduate level, and how you will benefit personally and professionally from the programme - why you want to study Lifelong Learning with UCL in Singapore, at our partner organisation the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) - what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme - how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme - where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.