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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    2 years part time, up to 5 years flexible learning

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  • Last Updated

    02 January 2018

Course content

This leading programme in the field of dyslexia prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. This programme is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA).

About this degree

Students will gain an understanding of how learners typically develop literacy skills and how it might go wrong; how literacy difficulties can be identified and how to develop an individualised support programme. As part of this programme students will administer standardised tests (in their own educational setting) and teach (in similar settings) learners with literacy difficulties.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (150 credits) and a research report (30 credits).

Core modules

All modules are core to this qualification

  • Assessment of SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Evidence-based Practice SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Understanding SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Research report

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a research report of 6,000 to 7,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime and some evening sessions at UCL Institute of Education. It is assessed by coursework assignments and recordings of administering assessments and teaching pupils with literacy difficulties, plus a research report of 6,000 to 7,000 words. Modules 1-3 are taken in the first year on Wednesdays day time. RDM and report in Year 2. RDM module is on Tuesday evenings in the autumn term.


Students will be required to work with children and young people up to the age of 18 years to demonstrate the core competencies of the programme.


Students must find have access to pupils - we do not find placements for students.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) MA


Part-time students may apply for the UK Government Postgraduate Loan.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as specialist teachers of children with SpLD (dyslexia), while others have jobs as specialist teacher assessors; many combine both. Graduates can also be found working as headteachers, special educational needs co-ordinators, local authority advisors and in research roles.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Literacy Consultant, London Borough of Camden
  • Manager of Language and Learning Team, London Borough of Merton Council
  • Primary School Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teacher, Primary School & Children's Centre, Edmonton
  • Special Educational Needs School Teacher, Milton Keynes
  • Specialist Teacher, Special Education Needs (SEN), London Borough of Tower Hamlets


Successful completion of the programme will allow students awarded the ATS to support learners with dyslexia (up to the age of 18 years), and with the AMBDA to undertake diagnostic assessments and support learners with dyslexia.

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?

This programme is taught by a range of leading researchers and professionals in the field of dyslexia. It uniquely offers a rigorous academic programme combined with professional practice qualifications fully recognised by the British Dyslexia Association and UCL Institute of Education, an internationally recognised university.

Critical engagement with current research and evidence-informed practice, supported by professionals and researchers, will enable the participant to reflect on their learning and enhance workplace practice.

Professional practice is supported by a team of AMBDA specialists. It will provide the understanding, knowledge and skills required to teach children and young people with literacy difficulties.

Visit the Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!





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