Education MA

This masters degree will:

  • identify and reflect upon key concepts in education
  • develop academic arguments and literacy
  • enable you to interrogate and question educational theory
  • allow you to create a bespoke and flexible MA that reflects your interests, needs and lifestyle.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • engage with a flexible programme design that features a range of modules from across the Institute
  • study from wherever you are, with many modules taught via distance learning, mixed mode or face-to-face
  • benefit from teaching delivered by top academics in the field of education
  • access personal tutor support throughout the programme.
  • 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 has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of education professionals as well as those with an interest in furthering their knowledge in this field. The variety of modules available will be of interest to teachers in a range of subjects and phases, educators interested in leadership or promotion, and other professionals interested in various aspects of education including policy and development. Students are welcomed from anywhere around the world.

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?

The two core modules ('What is Education?' and 'Introduction to Social Research' ) are assessed by written examination. The mode of assessment may vary for optional modules but most are assessed by written coursework. The dissertation is assessed by a combination of written examination (50%) and a 12,000-word dissertation (50%).


The first core module 'What is Education?' will take place in the summer (July to early September) and can be studied either fully online or in mixed mode (a combination of online delivery and a two-week intensive course at the Institute in London). Students taking the mixed mode option will be required to attend the Institute daily lectures and seminars throughout the two weeks from 22 July – 2 August 2013 inclusive. A second core module 'Introduction to Social Research' will be taught fully online in Spring (January – March) 2014

Optional modules are taught in a variety of modes including mixed mode, intensive short-courses, face-to-face or online. 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 will be accepted through the University of London International Programmes website, where you'll find more detailed information about the programme. If you have any questions, please email the programme team

Option modules

Students may select two option modules. An indicative list of the type of modules that may be on offer is available on the University of London International Programmes website . 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.

More Information

Download this leaflet (pdf, 1.04 mb) for further information on this programme.

Hear from an MA in Education student.

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Visa Information

International students can use a Student Visitor Visa to study face-to-face parts of this course if required. This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.


Core modules

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