The Development Education and Global Learning MA introduces students to a range of perspectives and approaches to development education, global learning and global citizenship. The programme offers a collaborative online learning environment through which students develop their own knowledge and skills, as well as interacting with, and learning alongside, peers from around the world.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
This programme is offered on as a distance learning basis only: either on a full-time, part-time or flexible/modular basis.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and an interest in education and learning about global and development issues.
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.
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 students may take this programme at home via distance learning without requiring a visa. This programme is not suitable for students on a Tier 4 visa.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This programme provides students with a grounding in the current research and practice of development education, global learning and global citizenship. It also provides opportunity for participants to reflect critically on their own engagement and interest in these areas and how they link to broader educational debates, such as those related to education quality, aid and development, sustainable development, poverty and global inequality.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of either two compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) or two compulsory modules (60 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Development Education and Global Learning.
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.
All students must complete the two compulsory modules. The Principles and Practice module is taken in the Autumn Term and the Globalisation module in the Spring Term. Each module is worth 30 credits.
- Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
- Principles and Practices of Development Education
We strongly recommend that students take the module on Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice as their optional module. However, a range of optional alternative modules are available.
- Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
- North-South Educational Partnerships
- Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
- Gender, Education and Development
- Teaching Controversial Issues
- Learning and Working in International Contexts
- Learning and Teaching for Adults
Optional modules are subject to availability. In addition to those listed above, a wide range of modules from UCL Institute of Education programmes can be selected, as long as they contribute to a coherent programme of study. Visit this course page on the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module tit
Students submit either a dissertation of 17,000 words and a 2,000-word research proposal, or a report of 8,000 words and a 1,500-word research proposal.
Teaching and learning
All compulsory modules within this programme are delivered online; students may choose to take optional modules either online or face-to-face. Modules are structured around independent engagement with literature, online discussions and group activities, and coursework assignments. Assessment is by written coursework.
As this is a distance learning programme, contact hours with academic staff are related to dialogue and support from your personal tutor or relevant tutor of each module. Students learning is therefore via independent study or through online discussion forums with fellow students.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- 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 in countries around the world. Many are working as teachers and senior leaders in schools (in the UK and internationally), while others have found jobs as development education officers in NGOs. Graduates can also be found working as further and higher education lecturers. Their work includes a wide range of projects and initiatives both within formal education (e.g. in curriculum development, school awards, international partnerships) and in non-formal education (e.g. education campaigns and advocacy work).
Graduates who complete this programme will have developed knowledge and skills in how to apply learning about global and international development issues to educational environments.
This knowledge and these skills are increasingly seen as important by employers within education in order to enable learners to respond to the challenges of living and working in a global society
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education. The department hosts top-rated initial teacher education programmes, innovative MA degrees and a wide range of continuing professional development opportunities.
The Development Education Research Centre (DERC), which runs this programme, was established in 2006 with funding from the Department of International Development (DFID) to act as the hub for knowledge generation, new thinking and quality output on development education and related areas.
In addition to this programme, DERC conducts research and consultancy across primary, secondary, higher and non-formal education and supports a number of doctoral students. Students on the MA benefit from access to the most recent research and thinking in these areas, as well as opportunities to interact with an international network of educators and researchers.
Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
What our students and staff say
"This programme has greatly enriched my own learning as a fourth grade teacher in an international IB world school in Japan. I have been able to directly apply what I have learnt through this Master's to my own teaching and into my daily lessons with my students, both when I was teaching first grade and now with older students in fourth grade. It has helped me become a more critical educator and to equip me with the knowledge and tools that I need in order to prepare my students as 21st-century learners. Throughout the entire Master's I have felt extremely supported by all the lecturers on the course through timely feedback, useful online tutorials and engaging discussions. I have been extremely happy with my choice to undertake my Master's at the IOE. The research that I have undertaken for my dissertation has been directly related to my teaching practice and will help me provide better learning opportunities for my students in the years to come. "
Aisling BrehonyDevelopment Education and Global Learning MA
"I have been working in international schools for the past 15 years and during this time have developed a keen interest in global citizenship and service learning. This Master's programme has proved incredibly relevant to my practice and context. It has put critical literacy and social justice centre stage of learning and teaching and has given me new lenses that I can apply to reflect on frameworks, foster ethical practices and self-evaluate. I feel that I have grown as an educator and global citizen thanks to these studies and look forward to putting principles into practice in schools in the coming years. "
Rebecca GillmanDevelopment Education and Global Learning MA
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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.
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?
This programme is suited to people who manage and deliver development education, global learning, global citizenship or related programmes anywhere in the world, including professionals working in schools, NGOs, youth work, further community or adult education or higher education around the world.
- All applicants
- 4 September 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Development Education and Global Learning at graduate level
- why you want to study Development Education and Global Learning at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the 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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