Education (Advanced Practice) MA

Distance learning programme

The Advanced Practice route enables participants working in educational settings to reflect on their own practice, taking a professional academic approach. The programme's presentation is fully online. A separate MA Advanced Educational Practice school-based cohort group (minimum of 20 participants) may be available (please contact the administrator if your school is interested).

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a teaching qualification (Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent) with two years’ practical experience is required. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma route.

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The route has been developed to respond to the needs of educational practitioners in both UK and international settings. Its field of study is pedagogical practice examined through the different lenses of learning, the curriculum and action research. Learning is presented through using the community of practice as a tool to share and enhance understanding.

Who this course is for

The award has been developed for teachers, teaching assistants, educational administrators, lecturers, tutors, educational psychologists, and other professionals such as those in medicine, the police force, librarians, and support staff working in educational settings.

What this course will give you

Through an established virtual learning environment, participants follow directed tasks including reading, video and audio clips, as well as full lectures presented by IOE academics.  Responses are then shared with the online community and participants are encouraged to respond to each other.

Participants are supported in exploring their practice through engagement with research, including academic and professional literature, so examining updated knowledge about theories and practices in education.

The study is expected to support the everyday educational practices participants are involved in.

The foundation of your career

The programme, and this route in particular, is designed to empower students as education practitioners through development of transferable academic skills in practitioner research and engagement with literature.


The majority of students on this programme are already in employment, normally in educational settings.  It is expected that study on the programme will open up opportunities either for promotion within the student's current place of employment, or enable them to apply for new roles within an educational setting.

Teaching and learning

Modules within this route are normally taught fully online through our virtual learning environment (VLE) Moodle. Attendance is measured through access to the material and activities, responses in forums and completion of tasks shared online.  All participants are assessed through coursework (which may be two or more short essays, a long essay, portfolio or presentation) at the end of each module, and receive both formative written feedback on a draft and summative feedback on a final submission.

Please note, that currently the Advanced Practice route is only available fully online. Online teaching is mainly asynchronous, with some synchronous 'virtual' face-to-face sessions which are recorded to accommodate those wishing to study asynchronously. All modules offer virtual face-to-face tutorials to groups or individuals and the dissertation/report modules include virtual supervision opportunities using Zoom or Teams.



All students on the programme take What is Education? and Understanding Research as common compulsory modules. The compulsory elements of the Advanced Practice route, along with the optional elements, follows:

  • MA Education (Advanced Practice)
  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Dissertation (core) OR Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module


  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Report (core) OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module 1
  • Optional module 2

As most applicants to the Advanced Practice route are full-time teachers it is unlikely and not recommended that the programme can be studied full-time. Only those applicants who are working part-time in any educational setting may be able to study full-time. In that case you will be advised to follow this pattern of study:

Autumn term: What is Education? and The Action Researcher

Spring term: Understanding Research and Option 1

Summer term: Option 2 (if studying a 30 credit report)

Full-time students will normally begin the thesis (a 30 credit report or 60 credit dissertation) during the autumn term, with supervisions during spring and summer terms.

All students usually study the Advanced Practice route online where attendance is recorded through responses to Keep In Touch (KIT) tasks.


MA Education (Advanced Practice)

  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Dissertation (core) OR Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module


  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Report (core) OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module 1
  • Optional module 2

NB On the part-time route, students are expected to study 90 credits in each year. We recommend that the first year students study the three core modules with The Action Researcher in the summer term; and in the second year, students study any option modules and complete their thesis (dissertation or report modules).


MA Education (Advanced Practice)

  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Dissertation (core) OR Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module


  • The Action Researcher: Exploring Issues and Contexts (compulsory)
  • What is Education? (compulsory)
  • Report (core) OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) (compulsory)
  • Understanding Research (compulsory)
  • Optional module 1
  • Optional module 2

The flexible/modular option allows students to structure study to suit their own needs. Each module will be studied for the same amount of time but during a five year period students can study 0 to 180 credits in any year.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Education (Advanced Practice).


Students are expected to be working in educational settings, or have access to educational settings as a volunteer.  Some modules have an expectation that participants will carry out an inquiry or project in their educational setting.  This can be as a volunteer but the team do not make placements or arrange field opportunities.


All students must have access to an educational setting. Placements are not arranged by the programme team.


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Find out more about our wide range of programmes in education, social science and social policy and psychology and human development at our graduate open series running from 31 January to 10 February 2022. The events will include the opportunity to meet the programme teams, learn more about our programmes and ask any questions you have about studying at IOE.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

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

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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 Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Education (Advanced Practice) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education (Advanced Practice) 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.

Normally applicants for the Advanced Practice route are working in educational settings.  This may be full-time, part-time, or as a volunteer.

Most applicants are teachers or tutors, but we welcome applicants from other professions who support learning in their settings.  Currently we have medical doctors, nurses and physiotherapists studying alongside teachers and tutors.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021