Primary Education (Policy and Practice) (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, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Primary Education (Policy and Practice) at University College London (UCL)

This masters degree will:

  • meet the rapidly changing needs of professionals engaged in the challenges of educating young children
  • critically examine the basis for current practice in primary schools
  • provide insight into global and international perspectives on primary education
  • stimulate and enhance your thinking and enable you to develop your own perspectives on primary education
  • develop your research skills through evaluating research and undertaking your own research study.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • engage with historical and contemporary debates and policy initiatives in primary education in the UK and internationally
  • explore the dynamic relationship between educational research, policy and practice
  • reflect upon and develop your professional practice, and undertake a leading role in primary education.
Who is this programme for?

A wide range of professionals involved in primary education, such as class teachers, curriculum coordinators, policy advisers, consultants and lecturers in higher education.

Entry requirements

A good first degree and, ideally, direct professional involvement with pre-school or primary education either in or outside the UK.

Core topics
  • The perspectives and contexts of primary education
  • Contemporary issues and debates in primary education
  • Research methods in education.
Related topics
  • Early childhood education
  • Literacy practice in writing and comprehension
  • Children's rights in practice
  • Primary mathematics.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face evening and Saturday sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • advanced skills teachers
  • local government advisers
  • headteachers
  • further education lecturers.


Core modules
  • Research Methods in Education
  • The Perspectives and Context of Primary Education
Recommended modules
  • Children's Rights In Practice
  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Primary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy Development
  • Theories of Childhood and Children's Rights

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, 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 and, ideally, direct professional involvement with pre-school or primary education either in or outside the UK.

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