Education (Religious Education) MA students explore educational, political and philosophical debates that influence the learning and teaching of Religious Education in schools and related settings.
Modes and duration
Whichever mode you choose for your study there is the option to complete compulsory modules either virtually or through a combination of online and face to face attendance.
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 UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and a developed interest in Religious Education (usually evidenced by teaching experience or by experience related to education).
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
Research active Religious Education specialists provide a supportive academic environment where you will be challenged to develop your own perspective and practice as a result of engagement with policy and philosophical and empirical literature.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three compulsory modules (90 credits), and either one optional module (30 credits) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits). The dissertation or report must be taken with an ‘Integrated Research Methods’ element.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education (Religious Education).
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.
Each student must take four compulsory modules to be awarded an MA. With the exception of the dissertation (which carries 60 credits) each module carries 30 credits. The remaining 60 credits are made up of optional modules or of imported credits substituting for optional modules.
- What is Education?
- Issues and Debates in Religious Education
- Understanding Research
- Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (IRM) OR Report with Integrated Research Methods (IRM)
Students choose either one or two optional modules from a range available in the wider UCL Institute of Education offering.
The following list indicates the kinds of modules we have on offer. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that every module will run every year.
Please contact the Programme Leader for further information.
- Education and Muslim Communities
- Education, Ethics and Imagination in a Globalising World
- Philosophy of Education: Values, Aims and Society
- Teaching Controversial Issues
- The Holocaust in the Curriculum
- Education and Identities: Citizenship, Rights, Narratives
- Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
- Assessment for Learning
- Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
- Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
- Curriculum, Policy and Practice
- Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems
- Muslims and 'Islamic' Education in Western Contexts: Theories, Pedagogies and Practices
- Gender, Education and Development
- Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
- Contemporary Issues in English Education
- Comparative Education: Theories and Methods
- Sociology of Education
- Debates in the History of Education
- International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
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 a Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods ( 2,000 words proposal and 20,000 words dissertation - 60 credits) or a Report with Integrated Research Methods (1,500 words proposal and a 8,000 word report - 30 credits). In all cases, the focus of the dissertation or report must be Religious Education.
Teaching and learning
The dissertation/report module includes an online ‘Integrated Research Methods’ course in term 1 of the module.
Students are allocated a dissertation/report supervisor. For most of the module teaching and learning takes place through regular one-to one research supervision meetings with your supervisor. These supervisions can be conducted face to face and/or via distance learning.
Each 30-credit module has 300 nominal learning hours.This is made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures,seminars,tutorials as well independent study.
During term time students are expected to study between 15-20 hours per module, per week, including personal time. Learning hours continue outside term and full time study on the MA and would amount to 40 hours a week over 45 weeks.
If you are a teacher or teaching assistant thinking of applying for this MA, you may be interested in the 3forRE Scheme.
Culham St Gabriel’s 3forRE is a way to help teachers of RE to take relevant Masters courses in an affordable, manageable way. Culham St Gabriel’s will pay up to £1700 per year of your fees for up to two years for a Master’s Programme that is part of the 3forRE Scheme.
Please visit their website for more information including application deadlines for 2020/21.
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 educational contexts. Some are working as teachers of Religious Education, or as senior leaders in schools in the UK and internationally, while others work for governments in curriculum design and related areas.
The programme develops students' ability to think critically and analytically about theory and practice in educational settings, as well as the ability to organise and evaluate empirical and theoretical arguments about educational aims and practices. Students learn to organise, evaluate and present data and argument in robust and critically informed ways, and to read, design, conduct and evaluate educational research, taking account of relevant practical, theoretical and ethical issues.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The MA Education is located in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, a world-leading centre for subject-specialist education. The Religious Education route provides you with the opportunity to reflect on theory and practice in this subject and, through assignments focused on contemporary subject-specific teaching and learning, you will develop and evaluate interventions to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of Religious Education in educational settings and related contexts.
As a student on the Education (Religious Education) MA, you will read widely in specialist literature and be introduced to world-leading theory and research in Religious Education and in education studies more broadly. You will be encouraged to innovate and test ideas and contribute to ongoing discussions and academic communities in Religious Education.
Our programme offers students the opportunity to study face-to-face, to combine online study with face-to-face sessions, or to pursue their studies entirely through online learning. Online learning and blended learning provide access to our courses for students studying at a distance.
Department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
What our students and staff say
"I found the course very flexible to study and hugely informative for my practice, especially on understanding the wider context of Religious Education and the many views on its purpose and future. My eyes were opened."
Joseph EdenEducation (Religious Education) MA
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 Education (Religious Education) MA is suited to teachers of Religious Education, to policy-makers working in Religious Education, to museum educators, and to others interested in Religious Education working in NGOs and other organisations with educational remits.
- 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 Religious Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Religious Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meet the demands of this challenging programme
- how you intend to apply your postgraduate studies in your professional life
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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