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History of Education (MA)

Course Description

The History of Education MA critically analyses the experience of education and learning from the 18th century to the present day. You will engage with oral, written and visual sources in an exciting intellectual atmosphere. The knowledge, skills and understanding you gain will provide a solid foundation for career development.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/history-education-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
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

Key debates in the history of education, the analysis of arguments, concepts and historical sources. The dissertation enables detailed research on a topic in the history of education within an international perspective. Focusing on wider themes, collaborating with museums and archives and connecting to policy and practice, is encouraged. A wide range of optional modules is available.

Students undertake 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
Debates in the History of Education
What is Education?

- Options
Optional modules are chosen from a wide range in education and history to suit individual needs.

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

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, discussions, visits, walking tours and collaborative work. Assessment takes place through 5,000 word essays and a dissertation.


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: for example, as a senior archivist, a professor of education, a senior journalist and a policy adviser.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- AST English/Literacy Co-ordinator, Eltham Foundation School (2012)
- Senior Library Assistant, Institute of Education (2012)
- Teacher, Our Lady's Primary School (2012)
- Senior Lecturer in Education, London Metropolitan University (2012)

- Employability
Students gain vital experience in critically analysing arguments and historical sources such as written, visual and oral documents. Applying a historical perspective to contemporary policy and practice is a crucial skills that also aids career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education is the well-established home of high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education and international development.

The History of Education MA is located with the world-renowned International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) and is closely connected to national and international research communities, conferences and publications which offer opportunities for networking, career progression and potential publication of student work.

The department and staff teaching on this degree have extensive expertise in equality and human rights, social justice and education in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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 people with a strong interest in social history, including graduates and those established in careers: teachers and those working in education; policy makers; as well as people working in the field of history of education, such as archaeologists, museum curators and archivists.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study History of Education at graduate level
- why you want to study History of 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 .

Visit the History of Education (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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