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Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties (MA)

Course Description

This Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties MA will provide students with a deeper understanding of the processes involved in learning to read, write and spell, the sources of difficulties, and approaches to intervention.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/literacy-learning-literacy-difficulties-ma

Key Information

Application dates
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2016
September 2016 entry
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 .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to draw on the strengths of a team with research expertise in literacy and experience in evaluating early literacy interventions. They will also investigate literacy acquisition and problems in depth, covering reading, writing and spelling.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core Modules
- Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension
Reading and Spelling Difficulties
Research Methods in Literacy and Literary Development

- Optional Modules
Students choose one or two optional Master's-level modules from across the UCL IOE offering.

- Dissertation/report
All students submit either a 20,000-word dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30 credits).

Teaching and Learning

Sessions for all modules are offered face-to-face in the evenings, supplemented by online discussion and reading. Dissertation/report group sessions are also delivered in the evening and are supplemented by one-to-one supervision. All modules are assessed via the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.


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
Eligibility: Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as literacy co-ordinators and special educational needs co-ordinators, while others have jobs as literacy advisers and specialists. Graduates can also be found working as teachers and as independent literacy intervention tutors.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has developed an internationally-recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department has a vibrant teaching programme and offers a range of enriching events including research seminars and conferences in the field of early childhood and primary education.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within UCL Institute of Education.

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?
This programme is suited to literacy consultants, advisers and coordinators, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and teachers (including newly qualified teachers) wishing to improve their understanding of literacy learning. The MA will be particularly useful for those working in Key Stages 1 and 2, but those working with older children, including in secondary schools and the post-compulsory sector, may also apply.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties at graduate level
- why you want to study Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties at UCL
- 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.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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

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