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Effective Learning and Teaching (MA)

Course Description

This MA explores how effective learning happens, what influences it and how it can be facilitated. It draws on the extant literature on the topic and invites systematic reflection on participants' learning and on how they promote others' learning through teaching.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/effective-learning-teaching-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

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 learn about critical perspectives on teaching and learning in classrooms, experiencing active and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning in learning communities. Students will be able to access tools and opportunities for enquiry into their own and others’ professional practice, taking part in challenging, invigorating and thought-provoking discussions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), and either three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (30 credits), or four optional modules (120 credits) and a report (30 credits).

- Core Modules
Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching

- Options
Assessment for Learning
Assessment Issues and Practice
Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Curriculum Design and Development
Investigating Research

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, games, discussions and group tasks. Assessment is through writing a critical review of a chosen academic article and through writing an assignment in which small-scale research into a selected area of study is analysed. Peer and self-assessment are systematically included in the module.


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 .


This programme will benefit those with several years' experience in the classroom who wish to take on more responsibility in their careers by drawing on research findings to inform their approaches in schools or colleges.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Head of English, Stepney Green College (2011)
- Teacher and Head of Maths, St Andrew's School (2012)
- Curriculum Director, Learning Schools Trust (2012)
- Director of Teaching and Learning, City of London Academy (Southwark) (2013)
- English Teacher/Advanced Skills Teacher, Vyners School, Hillingdon (2013)

- Employability
Some participants find their teaching approach is revitalised and better informed after taking the MA, leading them to become more confident and responsible teachers of young people.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA is for teachers who are really interested in how students learn and how they themselves learn, both in the classroom and beyond.

The MA helps take the profession of teaching to a new level, challenging assumptions held since schooldays and reconceptualising the purposes of education today.

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 experienced teachers with an interest in enhancing learning and teaching.

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

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

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required together with at least two years of full-time teaching experience and/or a recognised teaching qualification (for example, PGCE).

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