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Policy Studies in Education (MA)


Course Description

The Policy Studies in Education MA will introduce students to ways of critically analysing education policy within a broad social, economic and political context, considering contemporary developments in education policy in institutional, local, national and global contexts. It will enable them to explore existing policy issues and practices, and apply the insights provided to their own experiences.

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

Key Information

- 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 .

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 provides students with the opportunity to engage with a broad range of perspectives and develop a comprehensive theoretical understanding of education policy. Students will study major and topical themes within social science (such as globalisation, markets and managerialism) with a particular emphasis on their effects on and relevance to education.

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), or a report (30 credits) and a third optional module (30 credits).

- Core Modules
Sociology of Education
Understanding Education Policy

- Options
Economic Perspectives of Education Policy
Gender, Education and Development
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Rights and Education
Sociology of 'Race' and Education
Theoretical Foundations of Educational Ideas
Understanding Education Research
Students can also choose from a wide range of Mater's-level optional modules across the UCL IOE offering.

- 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

This programme is delivered via mixed mode, including face-to-face Saturday or evening sessions and interactive online learning. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Funding

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
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- 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
Criteria:

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

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

- IOE Fulbright
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

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

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, while others have jobs as education policy-makers. Graduates can also be found working as PhD students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Assistant Head Teacher, Addey & Stanhope School (2011)
- Market Research and Intelligence Officer, Institute of Education (2012)
- International Student Loans and Scholarships Manager, University of the Arts (2013)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education is the home of an interdisciplinary grouping bringing together high-quality teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education, international development, post-compulsory and vocational education and higher education.

The MA is taught primarily by sociologists within the department who have expertise in policy analysis, gender, 'race', sexuality, youth, and social class. Those teaching you are active researchers and will introduce you to the latest research and developments in their fields. Linking research, policy and practice, the result is an extraordinarily powerful learning community.

The MA attracts both home and international students, with a range of backgrounds and experiences thus providing excellent educational and networking opportunities.

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 involved in or interested in contemporary education policy, administration and governance.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Policy Studies in Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Policy Studies in 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 the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Policy Studies in Education (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in education or sociology or a cognate discipline is required. Some educational experience in either teaching or administration is considered an advantage.

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