Engineering and Education MSc
This flexible and unique MSc is designed for engineers, teachers of engineering and engineering policy makers. It aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to lead change, lead teams, enhance the performance of engineers in industry, improve the quality of engineering education in universities, and influence engineering education policy. The programme focuses on how to develop innovative strategies to improve engineering education.
The minimum requirement for entry to this programme is a second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. As the academic content on our MSc programme is demanding, we are particularly looking for applicants from relevant academic backgrounds and/or who can demonstrate substantial relevant experience as engineers, teachers of engineering and/or engineering education policy makers.
The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
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.
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
The degree will provide you with a mix of theoretical and practical ideas and frameworks to creatively re-design and deliver all aspects of engineering education. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout, with inputs from industry experts, UCL researchers and policy stakeholders.
Who this course is for
The programme is aimed at:
- engineering teachers and lecturers in colleges and universities
- policy makers involved in managing and supporting the development of the next generation of engineers nationally and globally
- human resource managers and other specialists in the engineering industry
- employees of Professional Associations and Engineering Institutes
- science and other specialist teachers and lecturers interested in converting to engineering specialisms
- engineers seeking to develop their specialist knowledge of engineering curricula and pedagogy
- individuals wishing to progress into any of these roles
What this course will give you
The degree offers a unique opportunity to be taught by specialists from two world-leading research faculties - IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Both have extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in engineering education nationally and internationally, including researching in engineering companies and working with engineering institutes, government departments and NGOs.
Students will also have access to the Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), a community of researchers and practitioners which focuses on transitions from school/college into and through engineering degrees and employment, offering opportunities to further update knowledge and skills.
The flexibility of the degree enables students to design a programme of study which reflects their professional and personal interests, supports their career development, and prepares them to work more effectively at a national or international level, as well as supporting others to do so.
The foundation of your career
Students will further develop their capability to:
- design/redesign engineering programmes
- develop national or company-specific policies for engineering education
- work with and lead culturally diverse learning communities
- research and write about engineering education for different audiences.
The MSc has been designed to help students to upgrade their theoretical and practical capabilities to lead change, lead teams and enhance the performance of engineers in industry, enhance the quality of engineering education in universities and influence engineering education policy.
Teaching and learning
The programme combines innovative classroom and online teaching methods with unique group-based and scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with current engineering education challenges. Group work and scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge, develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles, and share knowledge and experience to enhance their employability.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including assignments, research proposal and the dissertation. There will also be self-assessment of active participation in face to face and on-line lectures, discussions and group work, and of professional and work-related activity.
The MSc Engineering and Education programme comprises 180 credits structured as follows:
- two core modules (60 credits)
- optional modules (up to 60 credits)
- dissertation (60 credits) OR a report (30 credits) and an option module (30 credits).
The first core module is called Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues (30 credits), and it is provided by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (FOE). The second core module is called Engineering and Education: Practice Innovation and Leadership (30 credits), and it is provided by the Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS). To ensure that there is a good spread of expertise on both modules, staff from both EPS and FOE will be invited to teach on both modules.
The Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues core module is offered in the first term, and it introduces you to the debates and perspectives on learning, teaching and assessment practices in engineering education. The Engineering and Education: Practice, Innovation and Leadership core module is offered in the second term, and it introduces you to a range of critical themes and problems affecting Engineering and Education in the 21st century.
In addition to the core modules, the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences offer a range of optional modules as part of the programme. You are required to select 60 credits of optional modules, subject to availability and module leader approval. Students are guided in their choice of modules by the programme leader in accordance with their prior experience and interests. For instance, if you are considering a career in engineering education, we would strongly recommend you to take the module Find your Future alongside a teaching assistantship role within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. This will enable you to gain practical experience and knowledge of issues at the forefront of engineering learning and teaching, whilst also contributing to the development of the next generation of engineers. Please see below for an indicative list.
There are two ways of selecting option modules:
- two IOE optional modules (60 credits) or
- one IOE optional module (30 credits) and two Faculty of Engineering Sciences elective modules (30 credits).
For the remaining 60 credits, the MSc Engineering and Education gives you the option of choosing between a dissertation and a report, in consultation with your designated personal tutor and/or the programme director. The dissertation is worth 60 credits whilst the report is worth 30 credits. If you choose to do the report, you will also need to take an additional IOE optional module worth 30 credits to bring your total credits to 60 credits.
Over the two years, students take the MSc Engineering and Education programme’s two core modules (60 credits), optional modules from a range of modules offered by the IOE and Faculty of Engineering Sciences (60 credits), and a further 60 credits comprising the dissertation (60 credits) OR, alternatively, a report (30 credits) and an IOE option module (30 credits).
In the first year you will take 90 credits of taught modules. In the first term you will take the 30-credit core module, Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues, which introduces you to the debates and perspectives on learning, teaching and assessment practices in engineering education. In the second term, you will take the 30-credit core module, Engineering and Education: Practice, Innovation and Leadership , which introduces you to a range of critical themes and problems affecting Engineering Education in the 21st century. During the first year, you also get to select and study one optional module (30 credits) from all the postgraduate taught modules available in IOE.
In the second year, you will take a further 30 credits of taught modules. This can be one IOE optional module (30 credits) or two 15-credit modules from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences worth a total of 30 credits.
Finally, in the second year you have the option of choosing between a dissertation and a report, in consultation with your designated personal tutor and/or the programme director. The dissertation is worth 60 credits whilst the report is worth 30 credits. If you choose to do the report, you will also need to take an additional IOE optional module worth 30 credits to bring your total credits to 60 credits.
It is expected that you will begin your studies with the 30-credit core module, Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues. .
In Years 1-5, depending on your individual study pattern, you will be expected to do the second 30-credit core module, Engineering and Education: Practice, Innovation and Leadership , and a further 60 credits of options.
In the final year (Year 5) you will have the option of choosing between a dissertation and a report, in consultation with your designated personal tutor and/or the programme director. The dissertation is worth 60 credits whilst the report is worth 30 credits. If you choose to do the report, you will also need to take an additional IOE optional module worth 30 credits to bring your total credits to 60 credits.
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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Engineering and Education.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£11,800||£5,900|
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£26,200||£13,100|
Programme also available 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.
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
Deadline: 13 December 2022Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasDeadline: 23 May 2023Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasValue: Full tuition fees and stipend (online study only) (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasValue: Full tuition fees and stipend (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasDeadline: 2 May 2023Value: Tuition fees and a stipend of £17,609 (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: EU, OverseasDeadline: 2 May 2023Value: Tuition fees and accommodation at International Students House (1 year)Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial needEligibility: UK, EU, Overseas
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 assessing your application, we are particularly looking to understand:
- why you want to study Engineering and Education at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to the programme at UCL
- how your academic and professional background and interests meet the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how the MSc fits with your career goals.
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.
Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.
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