The English Education MA programme offers participants a stimulating combination of both academic and professional development, including guidance on conducting small-scale research. It is particularly helpful in enhancing practising English/literacy teachers' promotional prospects and 'leadership capital', and is relevant to practitioners from across all phases of education.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in English or a related area (e.g. media or drama) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Knowledge and experience of teaching English language/literature as a curriculum subject (primary, secondary or tertiary) is essential. NB. applicants do not have to be qualified teachers, but these applicants would need to demonstrate substantial relevant postgraduate work experience - for example, at least a year working as a Teaching Assistant or similar role in a school or college.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Updated annually, a carefully balanced programme of core and optional modules explores a wide range of contemporary topics relating to English as a curriculum subject; interactive seminars are designed to draw on participants' own experiences and increase awareness of the richness and scope of English as a field of study (including media and drama).
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one compulsory core module (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits) or report (30 credits), plus choice from a wide range of optional modules (30 credits each) thus reflecting different interests within the field of English studies.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in English Education.
- Contemporary Issues in English Education
Recommended optional modules include:
- Shakespeare in Education
- Creativity: from theory to practice in English Media Drama
- Teaching Controversial Issues
- Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension
- Assessment for Learning
- Assessment Issues and Practice
- International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
- Gender, Sexuality and Education
- Developing Understanding in English, Media, Drama Studies
Whilst students are normally expected to choose modules from the published list of recommended options, in exceptional circumstances individual students may choose from a wider range of options, subject to approval.
Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.
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.
All students undertake an independent research project which either culminates in a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words (60 credits) or an investigative report of approximately 10,000 words (30 credits).
Teaching and learning
The MA is delivered through a combination of face-to-face seminars and online materials; sessions are always interactive, drawing on students' own interests and experiences. Most modules are assessed by means of written essays, but some offer alternative forms of assessment e.g. a presentation.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures and seminars/practical workshops supported by online-learning and individual tutor support. Each 30 credit module consists of 300 learning hours, approximately 20% of which involves face-to-face teaching and/or other forms of tutor contact.
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 are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as teachers of English (in the UK and internationally), while others have jobs as heads of English departments in UK schools. Graduates can also be found working as education advisers with cultural organisations.
The majority of our MA English Education students are already employed as practising teachers who are thinking about the next steps in their professional careers, for example as Heads of Department or taking up whole-school literacy development posts.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the few programmes in the country which offers a specialist Master's degree in English/media/drama as a curriculum subject.
Every year this well-established course attracts participants from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. For written assignments students are encouraged to investigate aspects of their own practice which are of particular interest to them.
The programme is taught by an experienced team of subject specialists, most of whom are qualified teachers themselves, and students on this programme are offered individualised tutorial support throughout the duration of the course.
Department: Culture, Communication & Media
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.
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?
This programme is especially suited to English, 'language arts' and literacy teachers in primary, secondary, further and higher education, and those with an interest in the broad area of English/media/drama as a curriculum subject.
- All applicants
- 4 September 2020
Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in English or a related area (e.g. media or drama) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Knowledge and experience of teaching English language/literature as a curriculum subject (at primary, secondary or tertiary level) are essential. NB. applicants do not have to be qualified teachers, but would need to demonstrate substantial relevant postgraduate work experience, e.g. at least a year working as a Teaching Assistant or in a similar role in a school or college.
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.
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study English Education at graduate level
- why you want to study English Education 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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