UCL Graduate degrees


Education (Science) MA

If you are a science teacher or educator looking to further your career, or want to become a science educator and engage with the theoretical aspects of science education before your career begins, this may be the ideal degree for you. Participants will study with an international group and with academic staff who are leaders in their research fields.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

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

Your attendance will depend on the module(s) you are taking for the term. Most modules run once a week for 10 weeks. This may be face to face or online depending on the module. If you are a part time student working alongside your masters, both face to face and online modules run in the evening to allow for this.

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 22 April 2021
UK nationals and Republic of Ireland nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Citizens of Crown Dependencies and those with Pre-settled or Settled status
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
£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.

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

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.

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About this degree

By studying this programme you will:

- improve your understanding of the academic theory of education and science education
- critically evaluate research and development in the field,
- apply scientific ideas to the practice of science education in formal and/or informal contexts
- provide insights into the contemporary developments in science education

Students undertake 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). 


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.


All students undertake either an independent research project in their final year which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation (60 credits) or a 10,000-word report (30 credits). Both will be based on a piece of original research that spans one year. 


There is the opportunity to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in order to observe the teacher training sessions

Teaching and learning

The MA Education (Science) is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online. All three compulsory modules (Foundations of Science Education, What is Education? and Understanding Research) can be studied face-to-face or online.

Each 30 M-level credit module has 300 nominal learning hours. This is made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, as well as independent study.

During term time students are expected to study between 15-20 hours per module, per week, preparing for and participating in seminars/lectures, and engaged in independent study and research. Learning hours continue outside term and full time study on the MA and would amount to 40 hours a week over 45 weeks.

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.


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.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Deadline: 31 December 2020
Full tuition fees and some allowances (Up to 3yrs)
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 work across a broad range of areas. They are teachers and lecturers in all phases of formal education: primary, secondary and higher education; researchers; policymakers; as well as work in 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


If you are a practicing teacher or educator, you will develop your practice by linking theory to practice and engaging in a range of different perspectives related to science education.

You will develop your research skills over the duration of the course and learn how to critically evaluate research.

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


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?

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

Visa nationals
22 April 2021
UK nationals and Republic of Ireland nationals
31 May 2021
Citizens of Crown Dependencies and those with Pre-settled or Settled status
31 May 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 (Science) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education (Science) 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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