Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students should also ideally have direct professional involvement with pre-school or primary education either in or outside the UK.

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA Primary Education (4-12) develops critical understanding of policy development in primary education within the UK and internationally. It meets the rapidly changing needs of professionals educating young children, in examining critically the bases for current practices in primary schools, providing insight into international developments in primary education and in offering opportunities to work with leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

The Primary and Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project. The programme also has strong links to the innovative Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11).

The programme sits as part of the wider MA Early Years Education. The MA Primary Education (4-12)  focuses specifically on primary education but you will also have the opportunity to exchanges ideas with and learn from students and UCL IOE colleagues across the early years and primary age phases in UK and internationally. 

This degree supports understanding and insights into primary education nationally and internationally, and contributes to personal and professional development in the field of study. For example: "the programme equips me with a thorough understanding of the primary education system, education policies, contemporary issues, and good practices in primary education" (international student). 

Previous students have found it helpful in developing their critical awareness of how policy and practice interact and its influence on their practice, for example: -"linking classroom and school practice to research and thinking about the implications of research findings and resulting possibilities" (E. Taylor-Jones, 2018)

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Assessment

This programme is delivered through face-to-face sessions which are a mix of mainly evenings 5.30-8.30pm and a few Saturdays across the year. Sessions are a mixture of input by specialists and discussion in seminars and workshops. Assessment is through assignments, directed tasks and a dissertation/report.

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0) 20 3370 1214