Institute of Education


Education (Science) MA

The MA Education (Science) aims to reflect contemporary theory in all aspects of practice in science education: international, formal and informal. Participants study with an international group and tutors are leaders in their research fields.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Attendance is different for each module. Generally, it is once a week for the term (virtually or face-to-face). E.g. Attendance for Foundations in Science Education is every evening for 10 weeks.

Application dates

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

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£8,940 (FT)
£4,605 (PT)
£20,110 (FT)
£10,240 (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

The minimum entry requirement is a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. However, those who do not meet the minimum requirements should contact the Programme Leader. Work experience will be taken into account.

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 MA Education (Science) will increase understanding of the academic theory of both education and science education. It enables students to critically evaluate research and development in the field, apply scientific ideas to the practice of science education in formal and informal contexts and give insights into contemporary developments in science education.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme consists of:

3 compulsory modules (30 credits x 3), 1 optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). 


3 compulsory modules (30 credits x 3), 2 optional modules (30 credits x 2) and a report (30 credits). 

Applicants who have completed their PGCE within the last 5 years may be able to transfer over 60 credits.

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

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.

Compulsory modules

Foundations of Science Education
What is Education?
Understanding Research

Optional modules

Students can choose from a wide range of optional modules – a selection of examples is listed below. 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.

Curriculum, Policy and Practice
Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
Gender, Education and Development
Understanding Education Policy
Assessment: Issues and Practice
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development
Education and Development in Asia
Teaching Controversial Issues
International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
Philosophy of Education: Values, Aims and Society
Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Race and Education
Reading and Spelling Difficulties
Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems
Education, Ethics and Imagination in a Globalising World


All students undertake either a dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30 credits) in science education. Both will be based on a piece of original research that spans one year. 


Visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to observe teacher training sessions

Teaching and learning

The MA Education (Science) is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online. The compulsory module, Foundations of Science Education, is studied with nine sessions face-to-face and one online task or online. What is Education? and Understanding Research modules can be studied face-to-face, online, or through a short intensive summer programme.

Full time - one third face to face (including lectures and disseraton tutorials), the remainder independent study

Part time/Flexible mode - Three hours per taught session, at least one day a week of independent study.

Additional costs

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


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.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas: teachers and lecturers in all phases of formal education, primary, secondary and tertiary; researchers; policymakers; the informal education sector such as museums and science centres.

Recent career destinations for this degree:

  • Secondary School Teacher (Deputy Curriculum Leader for Science, Waltham Forest School and Sports College)
  • PhD in Education, York University
  • Teacher (Biology), Unspecified School


Students will develop their research skills over the duration of the course where they will be able to critically evaluate research and development in the field. Those that are practicing teachers or educators will develop their skill set as a teacher by linking theory to practice and engaging in a range of different perspectives related to science education.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge programmes. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed research and development projects

The MA Education (Science) is one of the few science-specific education Master's degrees in the UK. It covers contemporary practice in all sectors of science education and offers opportunities to study throughout the programme with world leaders in their field.

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from all teachers, educators and lecturers in the formal and informal science education professions, such as science teachers, museum educators and science education leaders. The MA Education (Science) is also suited to those who wish to enter a career into science teaching or lecturing but would like to further engage and understand the academic theory of science education before doing so.

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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