Institute of Education


Education (Advanced Practice) MA

The Advanced Practice route enables participants working in educational settings to reflect on their own practice, taking a professional academic approach. The programme's presentation is fully online, or a combination of online and face-to-face for those who can attend. A separate MA Advanced Educational Practice school-based cohort group (minimum of 12 participants) may be available.


Key information

Please note

Unless otherwise indicated, the information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. The information for September 2020 entry will be launching in the online Graduate Prospectus shortly. Applications for most postgraduate taught programmes will open 1 November 2019.

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

All students usually study the Advanced Practice route online where attendance is recorded through responses to Keep In Touch (KIT) tasks.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 6 September 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

£8,680 (FT)
£4,470 (PT)
£18,790 (FT)
£9,570 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a teaching qualification (Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent) with two years’ practical experience is required. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma route.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

The route has been developed to respond to the needs of educational practitioners in both UK and international settings.  Its field of study is pedagogical practice examined through the different lenses of learning, the curriculum and action research.  Learning is presented through using the community of practice as a tool to share and enhance understanding.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

All MA Education students take two compulsory modules (60 credits). Those on the Advanced Practice route take a third compulsory module (30 credits), as well as one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Compulsory modules

The two education compulsory modules ground the student in an understanding about education and education research.  The Advanced Practice compulsory module further supports the understanding of research by considering practitioner research methodologies.

What is Education?
Understanding Research
The Action Researcher: exploring issues and contexts

Students are advised to take the third compulsory module (The Action Researcher) just before they start their dissertation or report.

Optional modules

The flexibility of the Advanced Practice route means that students study optional modules which allow them to consider any focus in investigating their practice: subject or pedagogic. The following list indicates the kinds of modules on offer. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will run every year.  Participants may also bring in 60 credits from successful completion of a recent PGCE (Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory routes).

Developing Mentoring Practices
Independent Study Module
Supporting Learners and Learning
Teacher as Author: curriculum design and development
Assessing Colleagues' Learning
Developing the Role of the Tutor
Assessment: Issues and Practice
Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
Curriculum Policy and Practice
Gender, Education and Development
Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
Issues of Concern in Education
Sociology of Education
Teaching Controversial Issues
Leading the Geography Curriculum
Issues and Debates in RE
Holocaust in the Curriculum
Education and Development in Asia
Debates in the History of Education
Development Education in the Era of Globalisation

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Some modules have an expectation that participants will carry out an inquiry or project in their educational setting.  This can be as a volunteer but the team do not make placements or arrange field opportunities.

Teaching and learning

Modules within this route are normally taught fully online through our virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle.  Attendance is measured through access to the material and activities, responses in forums and completion of tasks shared online.  All participants are assessed through coursework (which may be two or more short essays, a long essay, portfolio or presentation) at the end of each module, and receive both formative written feedback on a draft and summative feedback on a final submission.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline is 5 April 2019
Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)

IOE Fulbright

Now closed for 2019/20

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


The majority of students on this programme are already in employment, normally in educational settings.  It is expected that study on the programme will open up opportunities either for promotion within the student's current place of employment, or enable them to apply for new roles within an educational setting.


The programme, and this route in particular, is designed to empower students as education practitioners through development of transferable academic skills in practitioner research and engagement with literature.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Through an established virtual learning environment, participants follow directed tasks including reading, video and audio clips, as well as full lectures presented by IOE academics.  Responses are then shared with the online community and participants are encouraged to respond to each other.

Participants are supported in exploring their practice through engagement with research, including academic and professional literature, so examining updated knowledge about theories and practices in education.

The study is expected to support the everyday educational practices participants are involved in.

Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The award has been developed for teachers, teaching assistants, educational administrators, lecturers, tutors, educational psychologists, and other professionals such as those in medicine, the police force, librarians, and support staff working in educational settings.

Application deadlines

All applicants
6 September 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

Normally applicants for the Advanced Practice route are working in educational settings.  This may be full-time, part-time, or as a volunteer.

Most applicants are teachers or tutors, but we welcome applicants from other professions who support learning in their settings.

Page last modified on 18 October 2019