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Education (Science) MA

The MA Education (Science) aims to reflect contemporary theory in all aspects of practice in science education: international, formal and informal. Participants study with an international group and tutors are leaders in their research fields.

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

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

Attendance is different for each module. Generally, it is once a week for the term (virtually or face-to-face). E.g. Attendance for Foundations in Science Education is every evening for 10 weeks.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 4 September 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£8,940 (FT)
£4,605 (PT)
Overseas:
£20,110 (FT)
£10,240 (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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. However, those who do not meet the minimum requirements should contact the Programme Leader. Work experience will be taken into account.

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.

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.

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About this degree

The MA Education (Science) will increase understanding of the academic theory of both education and science education. It enables students to critically evaluate research and development in the field, apply scientific ideas to the practice of science education in formal and informal contexts and give insights into contemporary developments in science education.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme consists of:

3 compulsory modules (30 credits x 3), 1 optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). 

OR

3 compulsory modules (30 credits x 3), 2 optional modules (30 credits x 2) and a report (30 credits). 

Applicants who have completed their PGCE within the last 5 years may be able to transfer over 60 credits.

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

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

  • Foundations of Science Education
  • What is Education?
  • Understanding Research

Optional modules

Students can choose from a wide range of optional modules – a selection of examples is listed below. 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.

  • Curriculum, Policy and Practice
  • Global Citizenship Education: Research, Policy and Practice
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Understanding Education Policy
  • Assessment: Issues and Practice
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Teaching Controversial Issues
  • International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
  • Philosophy of Education: Values, Aims and Society
  • Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Race and Education
  • Reading and Spelling Difficulties
  • Philosophy of Education: Knowledge, Mind and Understanding
  • Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems
  • Education, Ethics and Imagination in a Globalising World

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

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake either a dissertation (60 credits) or a report (30 credits) in science education. Both will be based on a piece of original research that spans one year. 

Fieldwork

Visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to observe teacher training sessions


Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

Teaching and learning

The MA Education (Science) is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online. The compulsory module, Foundations of Science Education, is studied with nine sessions face-to-face and one online task or online. What is Education? and Understanding Research modules can be studied face-to-face, online, or through a short intensive summer programme.

Full time - one third face to face (including lectures and disseraton tutorials), the remainder independent study

Part time/Flexible mode - Three hours per taught session, at least one day a week of independent study.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
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 this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas: teachers and lecturers in all phases of formal education, primary, secondary and tertiary; researchers; policymakers; the informal education sector such as museums and science centres.

Recent career destinations for this degree:

  • Secondary School Teacher (Deputy Curriculum Leader for Science, Waltham Forest School and Sports College)
  • PhD in Education, York University
  • Teacher (Biology), Unspecified School

Employability

Students will develop their research skills over the duration of the course where they will be able to critically evaluate research and development in the field. Those that are practicing teachers or educators will develop their skill set as a teacher by linking theory to practice and engaging in a range of different perspectives related to science education.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge programmes. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed research and development projects

The MA Education (Science) is one of the few science-specific education Master's degrees in the UK. It covers contemporary practice in all sectors of science education and offers opportunities to study throughout the programme with world leaders in their field.

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.

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?

Applications are welcome from all teachers, educators and lecturers in the formal and informal science education professions, such as science teachers, museum educators and science education leaders. The MA Education (Science) is also suited to those who wish to enter a career into science teaching or lecturing but would like to further engage and understand the academic theory of science education before doing so.

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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