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Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (MA)

Course Description

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA will enable students to develop their expertise in curriculum, development, teaching and learning, and assessment practices. Students will be able to analyse and reflect on their professional experience, and examine new developments in policy and practice, giving them the skills to become a successful leader, and helping them to create and sustain change.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/curriculum-pedagogy-assessment-ma

Key Information

Application dates
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
October 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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 will help students comprehend, analyse, debate and evaluate viewpoints, improving their research literacy and research skills, as well as supporting them to contribute thinking about what young people need to learn in contemporary society, and most importantly, why.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

- Core Modules
Curriculum Design and Development
Investigating Research Into Schooling, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

- Options
Assessment Issues and Practice
Educational Testing
Assessment for Learning
Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching

- Dissertation/report
Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000-words, a 10,000 word report and an additional module.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is delivered in collaborative learning groups. Our aim is to develop communities of learners, and we expect students to be active participants in creating new knowledge. All assessment is through coursework.


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 heads of department, deputy heads and head teachers in UK schools, while others have jobs as curriculum developers in government education departments. Graduates can also be found working as university lecturers, researchers and PhD students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Secondary School Teacher, John Loughborough School (2011)
- Research Manager, NFER (2012)
- Junior Education Adviser, Cambridge Education (2012)
- Curriculum Policy Officer, Ministry of Education (2013)
- Advanced Skills Teacher for History, St Mary's CE (2013)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre of research and teaching in the field of education. The curriculum pedagogy and assessment programme is the only such degree in the United Kingdom, equipping you to be a leader of curriculum reform. You will study alongside students from all over the world and learn from tutors who are experts in the area.

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 for professionals in education, and suitable for experienced teachers who are interested in the inter-relationship of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and who want to take on a leadership role in school. It will also appeal to people who work in curriculum development, for example in Government education departments, and to lecturers in colleges and higher education.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at graduate level
- why you want to study Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 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 an important aspect of the application process, and will provide the opportunity for you 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 .

Visit the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You are required to have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, a PGCE or an equivalent professional qualification, and two years of teaching experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements please apply and we will assess your eligibility. We sometimes require a qualifying essay if you do not meet all our requirements but have relevant teaching experience.

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