UCL Graduate degrees


Master of Teaching MTeach

The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a higher degree for education practitioners designed to enhance their professional learning. Participants' own educational contexts are central to enabling situated learning and critical engagement with theory, practice and policy. It provides intellectually challenging practice-based development opportunities.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Part time: 3 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Many students import 60 credits from ITE (e.g. PGCE) so they start with 60 of the total 180 credits required allowing to finish the degree sooner.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 4 September 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£3,105 (PT)
£6,810 (PT)

Note on fees: The part-time tuition fees shown are for Year 1 only. Fees for Years 2 and 3 will be higher, in accordance with UCL’s fees policy. Any increases in fees will not exceed 5% annually. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the online UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate part-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The total fees for any academic year will therefore be determined by the number of credits taken.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, together with strong references from appropriate referees. Participants should be teaching for the duration of the programme. If already a UCL Institute of Education (IOE) PGCE, GTP or Schools Direct graduate, students need to provide a satisfactory written reference from your PGCE IOE tutor.

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.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

International students can apply for a Student Visitor Visa to study the face-to-face parts of this programme if required. This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

Using their own experience of everyday educational activities (e.g. teaching) students develop a critical understanding of research, scholarship, learning and policy contexts.

Students can import up to 60 Master's-level credits from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes taken within the last five years.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of both core and optional modules (120/150 credits), and a dissertation/report (60/30 credits).

Students can also import up to 60 Master's-level credits from Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MTeach in Master of Teaching.

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.

Compulsory modules

Compulsory modules are dependent on your MTeach pathway. Pathways include: New Teachers (less than 2 years experience); Experienced Teachers (more than 2 years experience), Mandarin Teacher pathway and distance learning.

Please contact us for more information about which pathway and modules would be most suitable.

Optional modules

  • Understanding Teaching
  • Developing Understanding in English, Media, Drama Studies
  • Leading Learning
  • Understanding the Teaching and Learning of Chinese Mandarin in Schools
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Professional Development Portfolio 1
  • Professional Development Portfolio 2

Students may also select approved optional modules from other IOE programmes, subject to availability.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a Practice Based Enquiry Report (9,000/10,000 words) or a Practice Based Enquiry dissertation (18,000/ 20,000).

Teaching and learning

Teaching is module and pathway dependent. The programme is mixed mode utilising a combination of face-to-face, distance and online learning. You may choose to do distance learning alone. The MTeach pathways reflect students’ career stages and/or professional interest. Tutorial groups share and critically analyse professional practice. This process is central to the development of a deeper understanding of theoretical perspectives, subject pedagogy and the ways young people learn. Assessment includes critical evaluation of everyday teaching via reports, portfolios, reflective journals and evidence studies.

Each module uses face-to-face and online activities. These are designed to fit in with teachers’ busy professional lives (with occasional Saturday face-to-face sessions); distance study is also available.

Additional costs

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Many MTeach participants receive sponsorship through their schools to support their studies. If your application is successful, we would be happy to offer a letter in support of such sponsorship.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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


Master of Teaching graduates progress to a range of educational careers. Some are working as teachers, while others have roles in management or as senior leaders and teacher educators. Graduates have also found positions as local authority advisers, consultants and as lecturers within universities.


The Master of Teaching focuses on teachers' practice and leadership. The programme encourages teachers to learn from and with colleagues in other schools. At a time when the recruitment and retention of excellent teachers are key issues for many schools, award-bearing professional learning acts as an incentive for both schools and teachers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Institute of Education has been providing first-class teacher education, in partnership with schools and colleges in the London region for over 100 years. Centrally located in London, we are the preferred choice for Master's-level professional development for many classroom practitioners.

Participants are all current educational practitioners who are interested in their teaching contexts as a focus for professional learning. The mixed-mode approach of the programme takes account of the demanding lives of teachers. 

The programme provides ongoing support through its tutorial group system. This interactive environment fosters the development of a 'learning community' based on pedagogical and evidence-based practice.

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 for qualified and non-qualified education practitioners in all sectors of education who are interested in their own learning for the benefit of their students. Students follow different pathways through the programme depending on their interests and experience.

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

For more information see our Applications 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 education at graduate level
  • 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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