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    Part time available

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    Part time: 3 years Flexible: up to 5 years Distance learning: available

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    PgDip, PGCE, Other

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    10 January 2019

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The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a higher degree for education practitioners which aims to enhance their professional learning. It provides intellectually challenging and sustained practice-based development opportunities. The programme includes university-based sessions and mandatory online components.

About this degree

Using their own experience of everyday teaching and school activities students develop a critical understanding of research and scholarship in teaching and learning, and the changing policy contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of both core and optional modules (120/150 credits), and a dissertation/report (60/30 credits). Students can also import up to 60 Master's-level credits from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (90 credits) is offered.

Compulsory modules

Compusory modules are dependent on your MTeach pathway. Pathways include: New Teachers (less than 2 years experience); Experienced Teachers (more than 2 years experience); English Teachers; and Mandarin Teachers (New pathway).

Please contact us for more information about which pathway and core modules would be most suitable.

MTeach Mandarin is a new module which offers participants a platform with opportunities to reflect on their teaching and deepen their understanding of teaching Mandarin Chinese across the primary and secondary sectors.

Optional modules

  • Understanding Teaching
  • Developing Understanding in English, Media, Drama Studies
  • Leading Learning
  • Understanding the Teaching and Learning of Chinese Mandarin in Schools
  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (MTeach SEN pathway)
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Professional Development Portfolio 1
  • Professional Development Portfolio 2
  • Developing Professional Enquiry Skills (SEN)

Students may also select approved optional modules from other IOE programmes, subject to availability.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a report (9,000 words for Research and Practice Based Enquiry, or 10,000 words for the Practice Based Enquiry) or a Dissertation (18,000 words for the Research and Practice Based Enquiry, or 20,000 words for the Practice Based Enquiry)

Teaching and learning

Teaching is via a combination of face-to-face (including two or three sessions on Saturdays or evenings for most modules) and online learning. The MTeach pathways reflect students’ career stages and/or professional interest. Tutorial groups share and critically analyse professional practice. This process is central to the development of a deeper understanding of subject pedagogy and the ways young people learn. Assessment includes everyday teaching, portfolios, reflective journals and evidence studies.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Many MTeach participants receive sponsorship through their schools to support their studies. If your application is successful, we would be happy to offer a letter in support of such sponsorship.

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 in a range of educational careers. Some are working as teachers, while others have roles in management or as senior leaders. Graduates have also found positions as local authority advisers and within universities.


The programme focuses on teachers' practice and leadership, and encourages teachers to learn from and with colleagues in other schools. At a time when the recruitment and retention of excellent teachers are key issues for many schools, award-bearing professional learning acts as an incentive for both schools and teachers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Institute of Education has been providing first-class teacher education, in partnership with schools and colleges in the London region for over 100 years. Centrally located in London, we are the preferred choice for Master's-level professional development for many classroom practitioners.

Participants are all current practitioners who are interested in the classroom as a focus for professional learning. The mixed-mode approach of the programme takes account of the demanding lives of teachers. This means that the MTeach will be comprised of evening and Saturday face-to-face sessions - an average of three per module - and ongoing online discussions.

 The programme provides ongoing support through its tutorial group system. This interactive environment fosters the development of a 'learning community' based on pedagogical and evidence-based practice.

Department: Culture, Communication & Media


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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at:

Who can apply?

This programme is for qualified and non-qualified education practitioners in all sectors of education who are interested in their own learning for the benefit of their students. Students follow different pathways through the programme depending on their experience and employment status.

Application deadlines

5 September 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study education at graduate level
  • 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.

Visit the Teaching MTeach page on the University College London website for more details!