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Education (MA)

Course Description

Study for a prestigious MA in Education

by distance learning

The programme offers a unique opportunity to study for an MA in Education that is at the cutting edge of education research. A wide range of high quality modules in a number of specialist areas enable you to tailor the programme to your individual interests and needs. The modules will be of interest to anyone interested in education: teachers, current or aspiring leaders in education, and education professionals involved in policy and development. Students are welcomed from anywhere around the world.

Drawing on research from across the Institute of Education (IOE), you explore the global forces that influence education. As part of an international cohort of students, you also critically reflect on new ideas in education and apply them to your own context.

Programme benefits

This programme will help you to:

- identify and critically reflect upon key concepts in education
- interrogate and question educational theory
- understand the nature and significance of educational issues, and the ways in which research in education might illuminate them
- prepare you for a range of roles in education (including leadership) and education policy making
- improve your critical thinking, writing, and collaboration skills
- prepare for an EdD or PhD in education.


Two of the five modules you study are optional modules. With over 60 to choose from [PDF], you can tailor your study to suit your professional interests and needs.


Designed to provide you with specialist professional knowledge, the MA in Education by distance learning is developed by world-leading academics at the IOE. A postgraduate College of the University of London, the IOE tops the league table for education research in UK universities. As the UK's largest research centre in the field of education, its commitment to influencing and shaping education around the globe can be seen in the extent and impact of its research internationally.

Recognition for International Baccalaureate (IB) advanced certificate

Students on the MA in Education who have experience of working in an IB school context can now also apply for the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (PDF: 2pgs, 1080KB).

Individual modules

You can take individual modules of the MA as stand-alone modules. This is an ideal way to update your professional knowledge, enhance your career, or sample the programme. If you successfully complete the assessment for one or more individual modules you may be considered for progression to the MA in Education. If you are permitted to progress, up to two individual modules may be counted as credit. Individual modules cost £1,932 in 2014-2015.

Fully supported learning

You are supported by a personal tutor for the duration of your studies, including advice on module selection. For each core module, tutors mediate online discussions and provide advice and responses to individual queries. The Programme Director and Programme Administrator can also provide guidance and support on general academic and administrative issues. You access your study materials through the virtual learning environment, where you can discuss your work with fellow students and tutors. You also take part in live online lectures which are recorded and can be played back at a time convenient to you.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre:

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

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, in any subject, from an institution acceptable to the University.

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