Taught course

Music Education

UCL - University College London · Culture, Communication and Media

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in music, music education and/or arts education, or a related field of study. There may be particular circumstances where professional experience and/or study or work portfolio is considered by the Programme Leader(s) in order to satisfy entry 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: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Music Education MA will introduce students to research and research-informed practice at the forefront of music education. The programme will provide tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices. It will support students to expand their understanding of effective music teaching, evaluation and assessment across the lifespan.

The Music Education MA at UCL is the only postgraduate programme in the UK, and one of the largest recruiting in the world, that is dedicated to music education.

The programme is taught by academics with current and extensive expertise in externally-funded research. This informs learning and teaching whilst fostering the development of a research-based culture. Many of our students pursue further study at doctoral/post-doctoral level.

Our programme meets the needs of a wide range of professionals from across the international communities of music and music education. Our alumni have been and continue to be leading figures in education worldwide.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12 months


The main mode of delivery is through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Students will also be actively engaging with UCL's online learning environments. All students are also entitled to face-to-face tutorials with their allocated tutors.

Assessment is predominantly through written assignment for each taught module.

Course contact details

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