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Teaching (MTeach)

Course Description

The MTeach is a higher degree that focuses on the professional learning of classroom practitioners at different stages of their careers and provides intellectually challenging and sustained practice-based development opportunities. It includes university-based sessions and online discussions with peers from across subjects and phases as key components.

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

Key Information

- Application dates
April 2016 entry:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 1 April 2016
September 2016 entry:
Close: 5 September 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 MTeach provides focused professional development which takes account of constantly changing policy contexts at national, regional and local levels and provides opportunities to develop participants' subject pedagogy and research literacy. Through the programme, participants develop a critical understanding of research into and scholarship of teaching and learning, and have the opportunity to reflect on their role in the process of education.

- Core Modules
Developing Understanding in English, Media, Drama Studies
Leading Learning
Practice-Based Enquiry
Professional Development Portfolio 2
Research and Practice Based Enquiry (RPBE) Leading to a Dissertation
Research and Practice Based Enquiry (RPBE) Leading to a Report
Research and Professional Practice
Understanding Teaching

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

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Throughout the MTeach, a stable tutor group fosters the sharing and critical analysis of professional practice, which is central to the development of deeper understanding of subject knowledge and the ways young people learn. The diverse range of assessment opportunities includes everyday teaching duties and includes portfolios, reflective journals and evidence studies.


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

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Eligibility: EU students

IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students

- IOE Fulbright
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Eligibility: Overseas students

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
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 teachers from the early years to adult education, while others have jobs as middle leaders and senior leaders. Graduates have progressed in careers as local authority advisers and teacher educators at the IOE.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Secondary School Teacher, Wanstead High School (2011)
- General Studies Teacher, Newham College (2012)
- Modern Foreign Languages Teacher, Sir Frederic Osborn Secondary School (2012)
- Department Head - Humanities, The Norwood School (2013)
- Director of Music, Greenacre School for Girls (2013)

- Employability
The programme supports schools through capacity building by focusing on teachers' practice and leadership through examination and wider understanding of their classrooms and extended working environments. The focus on learning is made sharper by the opportunity for teachers to learn from and with colleagues in other schools. There can be, and already are, groups of participants from single schools, who are benefiting from this interaction in their specific contexts. At a time when the recruitment and retention of excellent teachers are key issues for many schools, the possibility of award-bearing professional learning is a real incentive for both schools and teachers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 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-ode approach of the programme takes account of the demanding lives of teachers.

The programme provides ongoing support through a stable tutor group system facilitated by an experienced tutor. This interactive environment fosters the development of a 'learning community' based on pedagogical and evidence-based practice and the leadership of learning.

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 UK classroom practitioners in all sectors of education (qualified and non-qualified) who are interested in their own learning for the benefit of their students. There are different pathways through the programme, depending on your experience and the context in which participants work.

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.

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

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

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Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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 strong references from appropriate referees. Participants should be teaching in the UK for the duration of the programme. Before being offered a place, students will either need to attend a group interview and submit a piece of reflective writing or, if already a UCL Institute of Education (IOE) PGCE, GTP or Schools Direct graduate, students need to provide a satisfactory written reference from your PGCE IOE tutor in lieu.

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