Departments and Centres
At the forefront of education and social science teaching and research, the IOE is home to 6 academic departments and over 30 centres.
Students and researchers at the IOE work collaboratively with world-renowned academics and sector specialists to advance knowledge and professional practice.
Research and education centres
As the world's leading centre in the field of education and social science,
we also host a wide variety of specialist centres that complement our
commitment to teaching and research excellence.
- Academic Writing Centre
Providing academic writing support for students studying at the IOE.
See more about the Academic Writing Centre.
- Centre for Applied Linguistics
Research and consultancy in the field of bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, and language-in-education policy and practice.
See more about the Centre for Applied Linguistics.
- Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies
Cutting-edge research and debate in the field of educational policy studies.
See more about the Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies (CeCeps).
- Centre for Doctoral Education
Researching the past, present and future of doctoral education.
See more about the Centre for Doctoral Education (CDE).
- Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System
A focal point for practitioners, policymakers and researchers to collaborate and deliver best practice and evidence in the field.
See more about the Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System (CECJS).
- Centre for Educational Neuroscience
Promoting applications of cognitive neuroscience within educational research and build professional partnerships to translate findings into new practice.
See more about the Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN).
- Centre for Engineering Education
Re-imagining engineering education and how we attract and nurture engineering talent.
See more about the Centre for Engineering Education (CEE).
- Centre for Global Higher Education
Dedicated to the systematic investigation of higher education and its future.
See more about the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE).
- Centre for Holocaust Education
Working with schools across England and offering extensive support for those engaged in teaching about the Holocaust.
See more about the Centre for Holocaust Education.
- Centre for Higher Education Studies
Aiming to make a significant contribution to the development of research and scholarship on higher education.
See more about the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES).
- Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice
Supporting theoretical and applied research in the areas of spoken and written language and developing and understanding between language, literacy and numeracy.
See more about the Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice (LLNR&P).
- Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies
Investigating the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion.
- Centre for Longitudinal Studies
The home to four of Britain’s internationally-renowned cohort studies, charting social change and the reasons behind it.
See more about the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).
- Centre for Multimodal Research
Developing and promoting multimodal perspectives on meaning making, communication and learning.
See more about the Centre for Multimodal Research.
- Centre for Post-14 Education and Work
Improving the relationship between education, working life and active citizenship, internationally, nationally and locally.
See more about the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work.
- Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education
Addressing the need for critical, academically sound research and debate about education in Muslim contexts.
See more about the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME).
- Centre for Research in Autism and Education
Enhancing the lives of autistic people and their families through groundbreaking scientific research.
See more about the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE).
- Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy
Exploring approaches to social pedagogy in public policy and professional practice.
See more about the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP).
- Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources
Maximising the use, value and impact of the body of knowledge gained from the UK’s longitudinal studies worldwide.
See more about the Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER).
- Confucius Institute for Schools
Supporting the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and the study of China across other areas of the curriculum.
See more about the Confucius Institute for Schools.
- Development Education Research Centre
One of the world’s leading centres for development education, global learning and global citizenship.
See more about the Development Education Research Centre (DERC).
- Digital Arts Research in Education
A collaboration to develop cross-arts research projects, partnerships with cultural organisations and to advise on Arts and Education policy.
See more about the Digital Arts Research in Education (DARE).
- Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre
Developing methods to bring together research evidence to inform important questions in policy, practice and research.
- International Centre for Critical Realism
Dedicated to teaching, research and consultancy for critical realism.
See more about the International Centre for Critical Realism.
- International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship
Developing and sustaining a research programme in the interdisciplinary fields of citizenship, education and democracy including education for democratic citizenship.
See more about the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC).
- International Centre for Historical Research in Education
Making a significant contribution to the development of research and scholarship on the history of education, broadly defined.
See more about the International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE).
- International Literacy Centre
Promoting literacy education from age 2-13 and continuing professional development enabling schools to grow their literacy expertise.
See more about the International Literacy Centre.
- London Centre for Leadership in Learning
The UK’s largest Higher Education centre for research, development and teaching in educational leadership, innovation and impact.
See more about the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL).
- Philosophy at the Institute of Education
Drawing together research and collaboration to examine philosophical approaches in education.
See more about Philosophy at the Institute of Education.
- Quantitative Social Science
Applying quantitative methods to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.
See more about Quantitative Social Science (QSS).
- Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training
Contributing to better outcomes for those with special education needs and disabilities.
See more about the Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT).
- Social Science Research Unit
Promoting evidence-informed policy and practice in education, health and welfare through ethical and participative social research.
See more about the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU).
- STEM Education Centre London
Creating the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education through high-quality CPD.
See more about the STEM Education Centre London.
- Thomas Coram Research Unit
Specialists in researching children and families most vulnerable to economic and social adversity.
See more about the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU).
- UCL Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Education
Advancing theory, empirical research and practice in the area of knowledge exchange and impact in education (KE-I).
See more about the UCL Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact in Education.
- UCL Knowledge Lab
Leading interdisciplinary digital research and design in education.
See more about the UCL Knowledge Lab.