UCL Graduate degrees


Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MPhil/PhD

This MPhil/PhD programme provides a route for students to carry out their own research project: an investigation that will eventually contribute to the field of knowledge within the educational and social sciences. Students will work closely with supervisor(s) to develop each stage of research. Supervisors will also help put together a programme of additional courses and activities to support progress towards the completion of the thesis.


Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£7,160 (FT)
£3,580 (PT)
£17,590 (FT)
£8,840 (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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience. Students without a Master’s degree who have completed the UCL PGDip in Social Science Research Methods, obtaining a grade B or above in any two or more modules, may also be considered for admission to this programme.

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: Advanced

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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The Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment has specialist, research active staff able to supervise postgraduate research in the areas described below. We also work with local schools, as well as national and international educational publishers. We have strong links with overseas institutions, including ones based in the USA, Egypt, Sweden, Lebanon, Kazakhstan and Singapore, as well as national organisations such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Research areas

The department can provide postgraduate supervision in mathematics, science, geography, business, history and RE education, as well as assessment issues, educational assessment, the impact of testing in schools and international assessment, education policy and politics, qualifications development, accreditation and regulation and comparative studies), initial teacher education, curriculum development and general secondary teaching.

The department has a number of research centres:

The Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research is a specialist research centre offering world-leading research and scholarship in the areas of teachers’ work, teaching and teacher education.

The Centre for Holocaust Education brings together large-scale national research into actual classroom needs with educational approaches, activities and materials that respond to the challenges of teaching and learning about this highly complex and emotive subject.

The Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME) responds to the need for critical, academically sound research and debate about education in Muslim contexts, and is the first research centre of its kind in a mainstream British university.

The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) is recognised as one of the world's leading research centres for development education, global learning and global citizenship.

More information can be found on the department website: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MPhil/PhD

About this degree

In addition to UCL's Doctoral Skills Development Programme, the IOE's Centre for Doctoral Education provides a comprehensive Research Training Programme.

Full-time MPhil/PhD students are required to fulfil 20 ‘points’ of training activity in their first year, and are encouraged to fulfil the same in their subsequent years of study. This training can be selected from the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme, the IOE faculty’s Research Training Programme, the multi-institutional Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network, and from other sources. Each point is worth approximately one hour of face-to-face training, or an online equivalent. Part-time students fulfil 12 units of training activity a year. Other activities such as attending and presenting at conferences also count as research training. Students may undertake additional training beyond these minima, as relevant to their research and/or as agreed with their supervisors.

There is also a wide range of introductory, advanced methods, advanced theoretical and generic academic skills courses, as well as student-led workshops and reading groups.

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.


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Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-ISH Centenary Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline: Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Full tuition fees and accommodation (3 years)
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.


IOE doctoral graduates in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment progress to careers in education, university teaching, educational research, policy and curriculum development. They can be found in almost every occupational field and there are a wide variety of career paths.


Students will develop general and specialist skills in research methodology, academic writing and presentation, as well as gaining experience of engaging with a wide range of practitioners across different sectors of education.


The Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment comprises four thriving research centres, as well as a collection of other special interest groups. There is a wide range of seminars which provide networking opportunities. Students within the department are encouraged to present at the two annual conferences for IOE doctoral students, host reading groups in their subject specialism and go to conferences outside the university.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MPhil/PhD programme is situated within our ESRC-recognised Centre for Doctoral Education which offers a comprehensive Research Training Programme. Our doctoral students are also part of the wider UCL community, with connections to the vibrant network of colleges, including SOAS, University of London; Birkbeck, University of London; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; University of East London that form the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership.

You will work closely with a specialist supervisor to develop each stage of your research; have access to specialist research seminars across all IOE departments; and join a vibrant and active community of doctoral students.

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.

Application deadlines

This programme is available to study both face-to-face and online. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

For more information see our Applications page.

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