Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia), M.A. | Part time | University College London (UCL) | London, United Kingdom
M.A. On Campus

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

24 months
14500 GBP/year
5900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) programme offered at the University College London (UCL), prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and specialist assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. 


This Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) programme offered at the University College London (UCL) is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for Approved Teacher Status (ATS), Approved Practitioner Status (APS), and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA).

Students will gain an understanding of how learners typically develop literacy skills and what happens when difficulties occur. 

Students will learn how literacy difficulties can be identified and how to develop an individualised support programme. As part of this programme students will administer standardised tests (in their own educational setting) and provide specialist teaching (in similar settings) for learners with literacy difficulties.


This programme offers opportunities for students to broaden their career horizons within their educational settings and elsewhere. Our graduates are currently working within a wide range of areas: some as specialist teachers of children with SpLD (dyslexia), others as specialist teacher assessors; many combine both. This can be within educational settings or as consultants.

Graduates can also be found working as headteachers, special educational needs teachers, literacy lead teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCos), local authority advisors, university lecturers, disability advisors, university study skills tutors, specialist AMBDA tutors and in research roles. Students have also set up in partnerships together running their own consultancies.


British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Evidence-Based Practice SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Assessment of SpLD (dyslexia)
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Report on Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. 
  • A minimum of two years' teaching experience is also a requirement and ideally, appropriate experience of working with children with literacy difficulties. 
  • Students will need access to pupils under the age of 16 with literacy difficulties to teach and assess. 
  • Students will need DBS clearance for modules two and three and the research report. (There is an additional charge of approximately £65 if you need to obtain DBS clearance.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5900 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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