UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The MA Education encourages and enables students to think deeply and critically about education as a field of study. We recognise this as a rich field that encompasses a wide range of contrasting philosophical, disciplinary and political positions. Our stimulating programme supports students to begin to articulate, explain and justify their own position within this complex and diverse field. This programme supports practitioners and beginning educational researchers to make a contribution to the field based on a grounded understanding of their own position. In order to do this it introduces such themes as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, relationships between education and society, and the importance of education research, whilst encouraging students to relate these to their own contexts. Students will take this course in flexible study and distance learning mode also.

This programme suits educators interested in leadership, promotion and career development in a wide range of educational contexts. It is also appropriate for those interested in education policy and development. Since the MA Education does not include a practice component, it is unlikely to satisfy teacher certification requirements. It is uniquely diverse student body comes together in compulsory modules for town-hall style lectures and debate and divides into smaller groups to study optional modules alongside students from other programmes. Graduates from the MA Education have gone on to be successful in a wide variety of fields related to education. Those already in teaching positions report that they have been promoted, often to senior leadership. Others have gone on to find new jobs in their fields, including education at all phases (from early years through to higher education) as well as policy and research contexts. Many graduates go on to work internationally, some with NGOs on education and development projects, whilst others have developed plans to open their own schools. Other graduates have gone on to undertake further research on PhD programmes.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,680 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,680 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,790 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,470 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,470 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,570 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100