12 months
26600 GBP/year
10800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Education (Literacy) at University College London (UCL) gives students a unique opportunity to explore how literacy operates in a diverse and changing world.  Recognising that literacy is a social practice in a multilingual and multimodal world, this MA considers how literacy has been, and continues to be understood and politicised.


Our modules focus on the various ways in which literacy is perceived, valued, used and appraised, across a range of life domains and cultural contexts. As a result, this MA Education (Literacy) at University College London (UCL) explores how literacy links with constructions of power, agency and gender and considers the implications of this for all.

Students who take this MA learn with world-leading experts in the field of literacy and leave with key skills that can be used in a range of workplace contexts or to take on to further study at doctoral level.


Graduates of this programme are employed in a diverse range of roles and educational settings, for example, as teachers, heads of department in schools and colleges, as staff in awarding organisations, education policy makers and as educational researchers. Recent graduates from the MA Education (Literacy) may use their new professional expertise to apply for promotions at work, to develop a new role focused on literacy or go on to undertake a doctorate focused on literacy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • What is Education?
  • Understanding Research
  • Literacy in a Changing World
  • Feminist approaches to knowledge and pedagogy
  • Communicating Knowledge: Possibilities and Opportunities
  • Perspectives on Literacy Learning
  • Literacy Development
  • Creativity: from Theory to Practice in English, Media, Drama
  • Shakespeare in Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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 or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. (Please note: one or two optional modules may have additional, specific entry requirements).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 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.


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