The MA Education (Geography) will increase a student's understanding of the literature and concepts of geography education, while advancing their professional skills and developing their knowledge for successful subject leadership.
Modes and duration
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.
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
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.
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About this degree
The course aims to engage 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 view geography as a resource with unique educational potential. The course encourages students to examine critical debates in geography and ask what value these have for schools.
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).
Three modules are compulsory as listed below.
- Transforming the Geography Curriculum
- What is Education?
- Understanding Research
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
- Muslims and ‘Islamic’ education in western contexts: theories, pedagogies and practices
- 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.
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 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.
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 the programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers, heads of humanities, heads of geography and senior managers in primary and secodary schools while others have jobs as policy-makers and education consultants. Graduates can also be found working as geography teacher training tutors and PhD students.
MA Education (Geography) students will develop a wide range of skills including:
Critical thinking and analysis
Successfully 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?
The programme offers students the opportunity to develop a personal response to the challenges of geography education, looking at the contribution geography will make to educating young people in the future. It will also encourage students to seek publication for excellent pieces of coursework and research and will advance professional skills and knowledge of successful geography subject leadership.
The programme aims to engage students with a theoretical understanding of curriculum development in geographical education and the study of research methods within the field.
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.
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?
The programme is designed to appeal to a range of professionals with an interest in schools including prospective and practising teachers, school managers, governors, advisors and teacher educators.
- All applicants
- 4 September 2020
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