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Education (Geography) MA

The MA Education (Geography) increases student understanding of the literature and concepts of geography education, while advancing their professional skills and developing their suitability for successful subject leadership.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

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

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
Overseas:
£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.

Accreditation: Not applicable
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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 course engages students in deep critical thought about geography education with a view to improving the quality of the geography curriculum experience for young people and to enhance geography in schools as a resource with unique educational potential. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three compulsory modules (30 credits each), and a choice between one optional module (30 credits) and either a Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods or a Dissertation (60 credits), OR two optional modules (30 credits each) and a Report with Integrated Research Methods (30 credits).

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

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

Three modules are compulsory as listed below.

  • Transforming the Geography Curriculum
  • What is Education?
  • Understanding Research

Optional modules

A range of optional modules including those listed below will also be accessible subject to their availability.

  • Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Design and Use of Technologies for Education
  • Education, Ethics and Imagination in a Globalising World
  • Curriculum, Policy and Practice
  • Sociology of Education
  • Philosophy of Education: Values, Aims and Society
  • Assessment: Issues and Practice
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Gender, Sexuality and Education
  • International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Primary Education
  • Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
  • Teaching Controversial Issues
  • Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
  • Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Issues of Concern in Education

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 19-20,000 word dissertation (60 credits) or a 10,000 word report (30 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via online learning, with optional face-to-face sessions or equivalent online sessions. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 19-20,000 word dissertation or a 10,000 word report.

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.

Accessibility

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.

Funding

Not applicable

Not applicable

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Note:
Deadline: 31 December 2020
Value:
Full tuition fees and some allowances (Up to 3yrs)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
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.

Careers

Graduates of the MA Education (Geography) programme work as teachers, heads of humanities, heads of geography and senior managers in primary and secondary schools. Others have jobs as policy-makers and education consultants, university geography teacher educators and PhD students.

Employability

 

MA Education (Geography) students develop a wide range of skills including:

Critical thinking and analysis

Transferring principles from one context to another

Building logical and balanced arguments based on critical consideration of evidence

Offering creative solutions to complex problems

Research skills (including the framing of research questions and the collection of evidence)

Expressing ideas fluently in both writing and speaking

Why study this degree at UCL?

MA Education (Geography) students develop as geography curriculum makers and leaders. Students are encouraged to develop excellent pieces of coursework and research for publication, present at conferences and develop their attributes for and successful geography subject leadership.

The MA Education (Geography) engages students with a theoretical understanding of curriculum development and the practical application of high quality geography in schools and the study of research methods within geography education.

Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

The MA Education (Geography) is designed to appeal to prospective and practising teachers, school managers, governors, advisors and teacher educators with a passion for high quality geography education.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Education (Geography) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education (Geography) 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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