Educational Planning, Economics and International Development MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Educational Planning, Economics and International Development MA will provide students with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to work in educational planning, policy, management and administration in the context of international development. The programme focuses on issues affecting low and middle income contexts.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification is required. Relevant experience of a minimum of six months living/working in a low or middle-income context/country and relating to educational planning, economics of education and/or international development is normally required. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may occasionally be considered on the basis of an excellent personal statement.

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

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.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme provides students with an opportunity to identify and examine the interconnections between education, society and the economy and their implications for educational planning. The application of economic principles to educational planning issues is a core focus of the programme. It provides opportunities to critique the ways in which economic analysis and evidence are applied to education policy issues, including by international organisations and national authorities. The programme focuses on educational planning in low and middle income contexts specifically, where resource scarcity may be especially acute; attending to the linkages between education and wider social and economic development in these contexts.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to people who work or would like to work with bilateral and multilateral aid organisations, in the non-formal sector or in government departments concerned with education and international development.  Applicants should have experience in low or middle income contexts as their work will include analysis developed in relation to such contexts.

What this course will give you

UCL Institute of Education has an outstanding and well-established reputation in the field of education and international development. This specialist programme focused on the application of economic theory and principles to issues of educational planning within the broader area of education and development is unique.

Students benefit from teaching by staff with international research reputations in the fields of education and development, within a world-leading institution in policy-oriented research in the field.

The programme offers opportunities to interact and network with: fellow students currently or formerly employed across the education and development sectors; internationally renowned researchers; and with guest speakers including practitioners and policy-makers.  

UCL is located in central London, close to key UK government institutions, think tanks, NGOs, donor organisations and other key actors in the field of international development.

The foundation of your career

The degree provides an excellent platform from which to pursue and develop a career which draws on the analytic skills and techniques required for educational planning and economic analysis in the context of international development. The programme encourages critical reflection on the application of economic theory and planning tools to 'planning problems' including those relating to project design and evaluation, which have wide application in development practice, research and consultancy. In employment terms, students benefit from the international reputation of the institution and staff at UCL as well as the diverse international perspectives of fellow students and the central location in one of the world's most dynamic and connected cities.

Employability

Graduates are currently working in a variety of roles in aid agencies, UN institutions, government departments, international NGOs, research centres and think tanks. Some graduates go on to work in social entrepreneurship or in development consultancy, while others proceed to doctoral study, some winning competitive scholarships and being published in international journals.

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.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered by lectures, participant-led presentations, discussions based on selected readings, inputs by guest speakers, group work and debates. Many modules, including the compulsory modules, are available through online learning and may be studied remotely. Assessment is through coursework assignments and the dissertation/report.

For each 30 credit taught 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 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.

Modules

Full-time

You will need to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits, completing the programme within one calendar year, September to September.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) plus 30 credits of optional modules (either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules). The programme can be studied on campus, online (distance) or a combination of both (mixed mode).

Please select your mode of study at point of application.

Distance and mixed mode options are not available to students applying for a Student Visa (international students.)

Part-time

You will need to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits, completing the programme within two calendar years, September to September.

You will need to select modules to the value of 90 credits in each year.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) plus 30 credits of optional modules (either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules). The programme can be studied on campus, online (distance) or a combination of both (mixed mode).

You must select the Dissertation module in your second and final year of study.

Please select your mode of study at point of application.

Distance and mixed mode options are not available to students applying for a Student Visa (international students.)

Flexible

You will need to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits split over a maximum of 5 years.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) plus 30 credits of optional modules (either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules). The programme can be studied on campus, online (distance) or a combination of both (mixed mode).

Please select your mode of study at point of application.

Distance and mixed mode options are not available to students applying for a Student Visa (international students.)

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: Overseas

GREAT Scholarship

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Educational Planning, Economics and International Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Educational Planning, Economics 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.

  • Your experience in low or middle income countries relating to the field(s) of education (and educational planning), economics and/or international development. 

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021