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Citizenship, History or Religious Education (Humanities) - MA

Course Description

In this MA programme, students explore political and philosophical debates that have influenced and shaped learning and teaching in Citizenship, History and Religious Education. Students focus on their subject specialism, and are encouraged and enabled to critically reflect on principles and issues that relate to policy and professional practice.

Degree information

Students explore the key concepts involved in understanding their subject specialism, of Citizenship, History or Religious Education. They will develop an understanding of contemporary issues and key research findings associated with their subject specialism and related areas, and be supported to apply this knowledge in practice and in wider school life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core modules - students take one core module and a subject-specific compulsory module. Subject-specific compulsory modules vary each year.
-What is Education?
-Citizenship Education - Teaching Controversial Issues*
-History Education - Effective Learning in History*
-Religious Education - Religion and School Life*

*Subject-specific compulsory modules

Optional modules - students choose either two or three optional modules from a range available either within the programme or from the wider UCL Institute of Education (IOE) offering. Please contact the Programme Leader for advice about optional modules.

All students submit either a 2,000-word proposal and a 17,000-word dissertation, or a 1,500-word proposal and 8,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
The dissertation/report module includes an online ‘Integrated Research Methods’ course which students take at the beginning. Students are allocated a dissertation/report supervisor. For most of the module, teaching and learning takes place through regular one-to-one research supervision. These supervisions can be conducted face-to-face and/or via distance learning.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, senior leaders and head teachers in schools (in the UK and internationally), while others have jobs as British Council staff. At least one graduate from this programme can be found working as a senior officer for the United Nations Development Programme.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Secondary School Teacher (Head of History), Ricards Lodge High School
-Secondary School Teacher (History and Sociology), Bushey Meads School
-Teacher (History), Unspecified Primary School

The programme develops students' ability to think critically and analytically about theory and practice in educational settings and the ability to organise and evaluate empirical and theoretical claims and arguments about educational aims and practices. Students learn to organise, evaluate and present data and argument in robust and critically informed ways and to read, design, conduct and evaluate educational research, taking account of relevant practical, theoretical and ethical issues.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA is housed in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a world-leading centre for subject-specialist education. This MA recognises the unique qualities of each subject area and makes connections between them, providing exciting opportunities to explore common concerns.

Our programme offers students the opportunity to combine online study with face-to-face sessions, or to pursue their studies entirely by online learning. We recognise that many students value face-to-face interaction, and most of our modules include a small number of seminars at UCL Institute of Education. There is scope however for online interaction for those participating from a distance.

Most students will exit the programme with a Master's degree in Citizenship Education, History Education, or Religious Education. Depending on the combination of modules taken, some students may be able to exit with an MA in two subjects (major/minor). Please contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Visit the Citizenship, History or Religious Education (Humanities) - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and a developed interest in education in the Humanities (usually evidenced by teaching experience or by experience related to education).

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