Institute of Education


Engineering and Education MSc

This flexible and unique MSc is designed for engineers, teachers of engineering and engineering policy makers. It aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to lead change, lead teams, enhance the performance of engineers in industry, improve the quality of engineering education in universities, and influence engineering education policy. The programme focuses on how to develop innovative strategies to improve engineering education.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
£23,300 (FT)
£11,650 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. 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 Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

The degree will provide you with a mix of theoretical and practical ideas and frameworks to creatively re-design and deliver all aspects of engineering education. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout, with inputs from industry experts, UCL researchers and policy stakeholders.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), a dissertation (60 credits), as well as optional modules (up to 60 credits) and elective modules (up to 30 credits) to be selected as follows:

  • two IOE optional modules (60 credits) or
  • one IOE optional module (30 credits) and two Faculty of Engineering Sciences elective modules (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Engineering and Education.

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

Engineering and Education: Practice Innovation and Leadership
Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues

Optional modules

Each year a range of optional modules within the IOE and the Faculty of Engineering are offered as part of the programme, subject to availability and module leader approval. Students are guided in their choice of modules by the programme leader in accordance with their prior experience and interests. Please see below for an indicative list:

Professionalism and Expertise: theories and perspectives
Work, Artificial Intelligence and Learning
Learning and Working in International Contexts
Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
Energy Systems and Sustainability
Professional Enquiry
Development, Technology and Innovation Policy
Project Management for Engineers
Gender, Education and Development
Design and Use of Technologies for Education (DUTE)
Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics in Education
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice


Working with the support of tutor, dissertations can be tailored to reflect students’ current or future interests. Dissertations can therefore take the form of an investigation into an engineering education problem, a sustained critical appraisal of a relevant issue, or the scoping of an educational solution to an engineering problem.

Teaching and learning

The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique group-based and scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with current engineering education challenges. Group work and scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge, develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles, and share knowledge and experience to enhance their employability. 

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 accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT Scholarship

£11,000 (1 year)
Based on academic merit

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Deadline: 31 December 2020
Full tuition fees and some allowances (Up to 3yrs)
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.


The MSc has been designed to help students to upgrade their theoretical and practical capabilities to lead change, lead teams and enhance the performance of engineers in industry, enhance the quality of engineering education in universities and influence engineering education policy. 


Students will further develop their capability to:

  • design/redesign engineering programmes
  • develop national or company-specific policies for engineering education
  • work with and lead culturally diverse learning communities
  • research and write about engineering education for different audiences.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The degree offers a unique opportunity to be taught by specialists from two world-leading research faculties - the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Both have extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in engineering education nationally and internationally, including researching in engineering companies and working with engineering institutes, government departments and NGOs.

Students will also have access to the Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), a community of researchers and practitioners which focuses on transitions from school/college into and through engineering degrees and employment, offering opportunities to further update knowledge and skills.

The flexibility of the degree enables students to design a programme of study which reflects their professional and personal interests, supports their career development, and prepares them to work more effectively at a national or international level, as well as supporting others to do so.

Department: Education, Practice & Society

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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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Applicants are expected to have a second-class honours degree or equivalent in an engineering or related engineering and education discipline.

European or international applicants are expected to have qualifications at an equivalent level. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When assessing your application, we are particularly looking to understand:

  • why you want to study Engineering and Education at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background and interests meet the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how the MSc fits with your career goals.

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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