History of Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About History of Education at University College London (UCL)

This masters degree will:

  • help you acquire knowledge and understanding of education through a historical perspective
  • develop your skills in historical methodology by reflecting on oral, written and visual sources and interpretations
  • enable you to critically review arguments and analyse the experience of education from the 18th century to the present day
  • support you in undertaking a research study on an aspect of history of education in an international perspective.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study a programme that is unique in the UK
  • reflect on your personal educational experience and set it within a historical framework
  • study history of education beyond the classroom, through urban walks and collaboration with local museums and archives
  • connect contemporary policy and practice to what happened in the past
  • become part of a vibrant research community with a regular programme of seminars and workshops convened by the programme leader.
Who is this programme for?

People with a strong interest in social history, including teachers working in primary, secondary and further education and local authorities; school governors; policy-makers; politicians, and people working in the field of history and education, such as archaeologists, museum curators and archivists.

Entry requirements

A good first degree.

Core topics
  • History of education: concepts and international perspectives.
Related topics
  • Gender and class: theory and practice
  • Social histories of British education
  • Theory and policy in education
  • Education research.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening and occasional Saturday or online sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • senior archivist
  • professor of education
  • senior journalist and policy adviser.


Core modules
  • History of Education
  • Theoretical Foundations Of Educational Ideas
Recommended modules
  • Social Histories Of British Education

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree.

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