Education MA

This masters degree will:

  • allow you to engage with a wide range of theories and trends in education
  • encourage you to reflect critically on current policies and practices (including your own)
  • broaden your perspectives, enabling you to learn alongside colleagues from around the world
  • develop your research skills and increase your understanding of what constitutes high quality research in education
  • augment your personal and professional development.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study a broad, balanced degree with the ability to choose option modules to suit your particular needs and interests
  • undertake a programme designed with international students in mind, which can be studied by distance learning, face-to-face, or a combination of both
  • benefit from teaching delivered by top academics in the field of education
  • access the resources of both the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and University of London International Programmes
  • be awarded the International Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research (IB experience required - special conditions apply)

Who is this programme for?

This programme is suited to a broad range of education professionals including teachers in a range of subjects and phases, educators interested in leadership or promotion, and others interested in various aspects of education including policy and development.

This programme will especially suit applicants who are looking for a more inter-disciplinary degree programme.

Entry requirements

A good first degree, 2:2 minimum, or the equivalent. (Note: some optional modules may have additional entry requirements).

How are you assessed?

All the modules are assessed by written coursework and a 20,000 word dissertation.


Students can choose to attend by distance learning, face-to-face or a combination of the two.

The first core module 'What is Education?' is taught three times in the year: as a mixed mode intensive course and as a 10 week module. The intensive course will take place in the summer (July to early September) and can be studied either fully on-line or mixed mode (a combination of on-line delivery and a two-week series of lectures at the UCL Institute of Education in London). Students taking the mixed mode option will be required to attend the UCL Institute of Education daily lectures and seminars throughout the two weeks from 25 July - 5th Aug 2016 inclusive.

The module will also be offered in the Autumn and Spring terms, taught over a ten-week period. This version of the module will also be available for on-line or mixed mode students. Lectures will take place one evening a week.

The second core module, and the option modules are taught in a variety of modes including mixed mode, intensive short-courses, face-to-face or on-line. Students may select modules to suit their preferred mode of study and circumstances. It is possible to complete the full MA by distance learning.

How to apply

Applications for a distance learning version of the programme will be accepted through the University of London International Programmes website, where you'll find more detailed information about the programme.

Applications for campus-based version of the programme can be made by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please email the programme team

Option modules

Students may select two option modules. The modules are listed under one of three blocks (headings). Students select two option modules. Each of the modules chosen must be from a different block.

UCL IOE students module list UoLIP students module list

More Information

Download this leaflet (pdf, 1.04 mb) for further information on this programme, including details of students' experiences on this programme.

Hear from some of our students: Deema, Ellen, Eleni, Henry.

Is this programme for you? Try a free "taster" course, taught online by experts in the field of education. Find out more (external website).

Visa Information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.

For more information about visas please visit the UCL Immigration & Visas website. You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.


Core modules