Engineering and Education MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
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

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.

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.

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

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 - the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) 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. 



The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), a dissertation (60 credits), as well as optional modules (up to 60 credits) and elective modules (up to 30 credits) to be selected as follows:

  • two IOE optional modules (60 credits) or
  • one IOE optional module (30 credits) and two Faculty of Engineering Sciences elective modules (30 credits).

Each year a range of optional modules within the IOE and the Faculty of Engineering are offered as part of the programme, 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. Please see below for an indicative list.


Over the two years, students take the MSc Engineering and Education programme’s two core modules (60 credits), a dissertation (60 credits), as well as optional modules (up to 60 credits) and elective modules (up to 30 credits).

The first year of the programme introduces you to the debates and perspectives on learning, teaching and assessment practices in engineering education through the Term ONE 30-credit core module, Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues (EDPS0219). In Term TWO, you take the 30-credit core module, Engineering and Education: Practice, Innovation and Leadership (EDPS0220), which introduces you to a range of critical themes and problems affecting Engineering and 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 the 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 elective modules from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences worth a total of 30 credits. You also begin work on your final research project, the dissertation (60 credits), with a submission date in early September.


It is expected that you will begin your studies with the 30-credit core module, Engineering Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Issues (EDPS0219) and that you will sit the MSc Engineering and Education Dissertation in your final year of study. The second 30-credit core module, Engineering and Education: Practice, Innovation and Leadership (EDPS0220), can be taken in Years 1-5 depending on an individual's study pattern.

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 MSc in Engineering and Education.


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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:

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 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 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