The Education and International Development MA will introduce the concepts of development and educational development, and help students assess the role of education and learning in the development process by engaging with theory and research. It will explore the relationship between education and wider social processes in contexts of poverty and inequality, and critically examine relevant contemporary policy issues, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.
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
Part time/flexible students typically take one module each term. All students must attend at least one face-to-face module in London.
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.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required together with relevant experience in low or middle-income countries (normally a minimum of six months). Applicants should demonstrate commitment and genuine interest in issues relating to education and international development.
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.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
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 the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of key aspects of theory, policy and practice in relation to education and international development, and skills and knowledge in research methods and analysis. Students benefit from being taught by renowned researchers of education and international development, as well as international guest speakers. Students will also meet and study alongside a diverse student group: our alumni are from more than 80 countries.
There will be opportunities for students to be introduced to a number of key international development organisations involved in education and learn more about the nature of their work, as well as to find out about professional development opportunities. In previous years, students have organised career development events and benefited from volunteering opportunities via the Students' Union UCL Volunteering Service.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) and either three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) or four optional modules (120 credits) and a report (30 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education and International Development.
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.
- Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Three optional modules (90 Credits) or, if a report is presented, four optional modules (120 Credits) can be chosen. At least two optional modules must be chosen from the EID cluster modules and research modules listed below:
- Gender, Education and Development
- Education, Conflict and Fragility
- Planning for Education and Development
- Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
- Education and Muslim Communities
- African Studies and Education
- Understanding Education Research: Education and International Development
- Understanding Education Research
- Understanding Research
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.
Students may choose to organise and undertake fieldwork in relation to their research for their dissertation or report, but this is not a requirement. If undertaken, fieldwork must be self-funded.
Teaching and learning
Teaching on the MA EID is intended to provide learners with a critical perspective on a range of different frameworks through which they can understand their experiences and practice. A range of teaching and learning methods are used including lectures, participant-led presentations, group work, workshops, online activities. Most taught modules are assessed through a piece of written coursework, usually of 5000 words in length. Depending on the module, this may take the form of a discursive essay, critical analysis of empirical research, review of literature, or a project or research proposal.
For each 30 credit module students are expected to contribute 300 learning hours (a little over 37 days at 8 hours per day). Direct teaching/contact hours accounts for 30 hours, assignment tutorial(s) 1 hour, and the remaining hours consist of your own self-directed study such as, preparation for classes and online learning activities, reading (individual and with other students), searching for new literature related to your area of interest, assignment preparation and completion.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2020/21
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (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
- Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (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 and sectors in relation to education and international development worldwide. These include local and international NGOs, donor and multi-lateral agencies, national and local education departments, schools and universities. Some students continue on to doctoral study.
A number of students are mid-career professionals (including teachers, ministry staff and NGO professionals), for whom the programme forms part of their wider professional development, providing access to more senior roles or to a change of career direction.
It is intended that students who participate fully in the programme will develop the following:
- The ability to reflect critically on a wide range of contemporary debates and issues concerning education and international development
- Their knowledge of and understanding in the field of education and international development and the implications of published research in this area for their own practice.
- Their skills in oral presentation and discussion, critical reading and reflective and analytical writing
- An understanding of the processes entailed in research and the experience of conducting their own small scale research study
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Education, Practice and Society at the IOE is the well-established home of an interdisciplinary grouping bringing together high-quality teaching and research in the history, sociology and philosophy of education and international development. It houses the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), which comprises a team of internationally recognised experts in international development, education, and international educational policy, and which has nurtured world leaders in educational practice and research for over 85 years.
The department has extensive experience and expertise in: education planning and policy; health; education in Africa, Asia and Latin America; education, equality and human rights; issues of gender, migration, race, sexuality, disability, and social class; and education in conflict and emergencies.
Linking research, policy and practice, the result is an extraordinarily powerful learning community.
Department: Education, Practice & Society
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 professionals working in the formal and non-formal sectors in education and international development who would like to reflect and build on their experience in these areas.
- All applicants
- 11 August 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 Education and International Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Education and International Development 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.
We place considerable value on the knowledge and experience that students bring with them to the course, and expect successful applicants to have relevant prior professional experience. Please make sure that your personal statement clearly outlines the nature and length of your relevant experience, particularly any experience working in low or middle income country contexts.
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