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Education (Citizenship) MA

In the MA Education (Citizenship), students explore educational, political and philosophical debates that have influenced the curriculum and the learning and teaching of citizenship in schools, colleges and related settings. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on principles, practices and issues that shape and relate to policy and professional practice in citizenship education and to develop theorized and evidence-informed perspectives on policy and practice.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/graduate-taught/education-citizenship-ma

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 4 September 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
TBC in prospectus (FT)
TBC in prospectus (PT)
Overseas:
TBC in prospectus (FT)
TBC in prospectus (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

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and a developed interest in citizenship education (usually evidenced by teaching experience or by experience related to education).

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.

Select your country:

About this degree

Students explore the key concepts involved in understanding citizenship education. They develop an understanding of contemporary issues and key research findings in citizenship education and related areas, and are supported to apply this knowledge in practice in educational settings and related contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (90 credits), and either one optional module (30 credits) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits). The dissertation or report must be taken with an ‘Integrated Research Methods’ element.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education (Citizenship).

Compulsory modules

What is Education?
Teaching Controversial Issues
Understanding Research
Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM)

Optional modules

Students choose either one or two optional modules from a range available in the wider UCL Institute of Education offering. 

The following list indicates the kinds of modules we have on offer. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will run every year.

Please contact the Programme Leader for further information. 

Education and Identities: Citizenship, Rights, Narratives
The Holocaust in the Curriculum
Assessment for Learning
Assessment: Issues and Practice
Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
Curriculum Policy and Practice
Debates in the History of Education
Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
Education and Development in Asia
Educational Traditions and Systems in Europe
Education and Muslim Communities
Gender, Education and Development
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Education, Values and Identity
Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
Communicating Knowledge: Possibilities and Opportunities
Sociology of Education
Issues and Debates in RE
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development

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.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (2,000-word proposal and a 17,000-word dissertation - 60 credits) or a Report with Integrated Research Methods (1,500-word proposal and 8,000-word report - 30 credits). In all cases, the focus of the dissertation or report must be citizenship education.

Teaching and learning

The dissertation/report module includes an online ‘Integrated Research Methods’ course in term 1 of the module. 

Students are allocated a dissertation/report supervisor. For most of the module, teaching and learning takes place through regular one-to-one research supervision meetings with your supervisor. These supervisions can be conducted face-to-face and/or via distance learning.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accomodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, senior leaders in schools in the UK and internationally, while others work in a range of other educational settings and for governments in curriculum design and related areas.

Employability

The programme develops students' ability to think critically and analytically about theory and practice in educational settings and the ability to organise and evaluate empirical and theoretical claims and arguments about educational aims and practices. Students learn to organise, evaluate and present data and argument in robust and critically informed ways and to read, design, conduct and evaluate educational research, taking account of relevant practical, theoretical and ethical issues.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MA Education is located in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a world-leading centre for subject-specialist education. By studying the citizenship education route, you will have the opportunity to reflect on practice in citizenship education and, through assignments focused on contemporary subject-specific teaching and learning, you will have opportunities to develop and evaluate interventions to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of citizenship in educational settings and related contexts.

You will be encouraged to read widely in specialist literature and be introduced to world-leading theory and research in citizenship education and in education studies more broadly. You will be encouraged to innovate and test ideas and to contribute to ongoing discussions about improving citizenship education.

The MA Education (Citizenship) offers students the opportunity to study face-to-face, to combine online study with face-to-face sessions, or to pursue their studies entirely by online learning. Online learning and blended learning provide access to our courses for students studying at a distance

Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £120 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The citizenship education route through the MA Education is suited to teachers of citizenship, to policy-makers working in citizenship education, to museum educators, and to others interested in citizenship education working in NGOs and other organisations with educational remits. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study citizenship education at graduate level
  • why you want to study citizenship education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to your chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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