This MA will increase a student's understanding of the literature and concepts of geography education, while advancing their professional skills and developing their knowledge for successful subject leadership.
See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/geography-education-ma
- Application dates
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
October 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
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
This programme offers students the opportunity to develop a personal response to the challenges of geography education, looking at the contribution geography will make to educating young people in the future. It will also encourage students to seek publication for excellent pieces of coursework and research and will advance professional skills and knowledge of successful geography subject leadership.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).
- Core Modules
Communicating Geography in Education
What is Education
Issues of Concern in Education or an approved elective module from across the UCL IOE offering.
Leading the Geography Curriculum
Students submitting a report (please see below) choose an additional elective module.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 19,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.
Teaching and Learning
This programme is delivered via online learning, with optional face-to-face sessions or equivalent online sessions. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words (essays, articles, curriculum artefacts such as schemes of work or virtual learning environment projects, and reports) and a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.
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
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, heads of humanities, heads of geography and senior managers in primary and secondary schools, while others have jobs as policy-makers and education consultants. Graduates can also be found working as geography teacher training tutors and PhD students.
Top career destinations for this degree:
- Head of Department, Repton School (2011)
- Head of Humanities and Languages, Brentford School for Girls (2012)
- Head of Geography, Hockerill Anglo-European College (2012)
- Director of Arts, BE Interactive (2013)
- Director of Humanities/Geography Teacher, Coopers Company and Coburn School (2013)
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.
The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD courses, variously presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed mode formats. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.
The department's student population is very diverse: students on initial teacher education programmes, practising teachers and a rich and diverse range of international students.
Application and next steps
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 anyone with an interest in geography education, including practising teachers and people involved in geography education in other sectors.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Geography Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Geography Education 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 our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.