English Education MA

London, Bloomsbury

The English Education MA offers a stimulating and intellectually rigorous programme of academic and professional development, including supervised experience of the conduct of small-scale research. Designed to enable more theoretically informed praxis, it is relevant to practitioners with an interest in the teaching of English, language, literature, media and drama, across all phases of education.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme also available 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 not yet open

Entry requirements

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

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

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).

Who this course is for

This programme is designed for teachers within the broad field of English studies, including media and drama. It is designed for teachers of literacy, literature and language arts, in primary, secondary, further and Higher Education.

What this course will give you

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 that 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.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

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 or creative writing, drama, a film, animation or computer game.

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.

Modules

Full-time
  • Term 1: compulsory module plus report/dissertation plus one option module
  • Term 2: report/dissertation (continuing) plus one or two option modules
  • Term 3: report/dissertation (continuing) plus one or two option modules

NB students on this MA have the opportunity to import up to 60 credits (level 7) from prior learning (subject to approval). In such cases, the above programme structure will need to be adjusted accordingly in negotiation with the Programme Leader(s).

Part-time
  • Year 1 (normally completion of 90 credits across the three terms):
    • Term 1: core module
    • Term 2: one or two option modules
    • Term 3: one or two option modules
  • Year 2 (normally completion of remaining 90 credits):
    • Term 1: report/dissertation
    • Term 2: report/dissertation (continuing) plus option module
    • Term 3: report/dissertation (continuing) plus option module if completing a report and only one option module was completed in term 2

NB students on this MA have the opportunity to import up to 60 credits (level 7) from prior learning (subject to approval). In such cases, the above programme structure will need to be adjusted accordingly in negotiation with the Programme Leader(s).

Flexible

Four modules plus a dissertation or five modules plus a report across the years of study.

NB students on this MA have the opportunity to import up to 60 credits (level 7) from prior learning (subject to approval). In such cases, the above programme structure will need to be adjusted accordingly in negotiation with the Programme Leader(s).

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 English Education.

Accessibility

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.

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 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.

Additional costs

Any participants who are intending to conduct empirical research in schools or other settings involving children and young people need to be aware that they may need to arrange to get DBS clearance before gaining access to such institutions. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions team.

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

None None

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

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 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.

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

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021