The Comparative Education MA will enhance a student's awareness of education systems, traditions and issues in a number of countries, helping them to understand the relationships between education and other social phenomena by introducing the concepts and skills the student needs for systematic comparison.
See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/comparative-education-ma
- Application dates
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
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 will help students to critically examine how international comparisons are used and misused in policy-making. Students will gain a rigorous multidisciplinary grounding in the comparative analysis of education and society, deepening their understanding of contemporary issues in education.
- Core Modules
Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
Education and Development in Asia
Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
There are no optional modules on this programme.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face evening sessions. Attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules. It is assessed by coursework assignments of 5,000 words, and a 20,000-word 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. Some are working as local and central government advisers, while others have jobs as charity managers. Graduates can also be found working as researchers and lecturers.
Top career destinations for this degree:
- Senior Teacher, The Lyceum School (2012)
- Research Operations Officer, Imperial College London (2012)
- Teacher, Queen Mary's Grammar School (2013)
- Reporter, Singtao Daily (2013)
- Senior Specialist, Ministry of Education, Japan (2013)
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Department of Education, Practice and Society is a multi-disciplinary department at UCL Institute of Education bringing together a diverse community of researchers with expertise in the social sciences who have a common interest in exploring learning in all its guises (formal, non-formal and informal).
The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, such as, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government departments (Department for Education, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) as well as with regional organisations, employer organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.
UCL's Higher and Lifelong Education programmes provide high level academic and professional education for those working in management, human resource development, teaching, training and policy positions in any aspect of lifelong learning. They are taught by leading academics with extensive experience in research, policy and practice.
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 working or intending to work in education who wishes to understand education in a global context.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Comparative Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Comparative 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.