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The MA in STEM Education welcomes students seeking the knowledge and skills to drive educational change in response to our increasingly technological and science-rich world. The MA in STEM will provide a national, international and practically-oriented understanding of the ways in which core debates across formal and informal STEM education can shape responses to pressing social and environmental questions. National and international interest in encouraging STEM subject uptake and career pathways has increased over the last decade, driven by concerns about the shortfalls in filling technical and professional roles across a range of engineering, science and technology related sectors. These concerns are further amplified when we consider the skills likely to be needed by future generations in an increasingly technological society and to address the challenges of environmental sustainability. Whilst urgent, the response required is complex, necessitating an understanding of international education systems, the separate STEM subjects, including their shared elements and processes as well as their distinctive features, policy directives, new pedagogical approaches such as project-based learning, computational thinking and the variety of STEM-related contexts.

Key benefits

  • STEM Education Teacher Scholarship available. The scholarships are worth up to 70% of 15 students' tuition fees. See fees and funding for information.
  • Engage in contemporary empirical and practical debates concerning STEM-related education, leading to the development of skills to critically analyse and develop educational practice.
  • Gain academic skills and practical knowledge of research methodologies, and learn to apply historical, social, political and philosophical perspectives to social questions.
  • Work with academics who are world-leading in their fields and committed to high quality research-led education. As well as having an extensive history of STEM related education research, the experience of the course team extends beyond academia to include work with professional societies, subject associations and a variety of informal learning institutions.
  • Gain unique insights into STEM-education organisations through optional internships. Our links with organisations and institutions across London will provide you with an array of opportunities for learning and forging new relationships.
  • Study in a friendly, vibrant and supportive School, located by the Thames in the heart of central London.

Our programme is designed to provide students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of key contemporary debates concerning STEM-related education, including policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment issues alongside global concerns about equity, social justice, economic growth, climate change and sustainability. It provides both an international and national focus, looking at both formal educational systems and the wider context of education. There is a strong emphasis on critiquing research literatures and policy documents and developing first-hand knowledge of research methodologies. The programme encourages collaborative working, building professional networks and asking research questions pertinent to your own contexts and challenges.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Our teaching approach is underpinned by a philosophy of participation and collaboration. You will be expected and supported to complete a significant amount of guided self-study alongside working collectively with peers and your teachers. Learning modes used are planned to offer students variety and flexibility in their study, ensuring students can align their projects with their personal interests and commitments.

Methods of teaching include:

  • Seminars

  • Online discussions, lectures and supervision

  • Use of digital resources, including videos, annotated PowerPoint presentations and web-based materials

  • Internships

  • Making artefacts

  • Data-collection and analysis

  • Reading and extensive use of the library resources

  • Coursework assignments and their associated formative feedback

You will also have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. The programme delivery model is unique as the majority of modules will be taught on Saturdays as well as on-line offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study at King’s.

The following table offers an idea of what a typical full-time work load might look like:

Module Lectures, seminars & supervision Self & group study
Per 30-credit module 20 hours of teaching 280 hours
Dissertation module 10 hours of teaching; 9 hours of supervision 581 hours

 

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Mixed-media presentations
  • Personal Learning Diaries
  • Making artefacts/models
  • Dissertation

A variety of modes of assessment are used to support and assess your academic progress and to help you develop other capabilities that are valued in educational settings.

30-credits modules will be assessed through modes including: traditional academic essays (2,000-6,000 words), mixed-media presentations, personal learning diaries and designing and making artefacts/models.

The dissertation module assessment will be assessed on a 16,000-word dissertation. High quality formative assessment and feedback is used across the programme to reinforce your learning and development.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Principles and Policy of STEM Education (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits worth of optional modules which may include:

Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society (30 credits)
Leading Practices in STEM (Computing, Maths & Science) (30 credits)
STEM Education Placement (30 credits) [Full time students only]
STEM Making and Creating (30 credits)

If you are not transferring in credits, you can also choose one option from the following:

International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
Business Management in Education (30 credits)
School Effectiveness & Improvement (30 credits)
Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)
Gender, Power and Inequality in Education Leadership (30 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
Teacher Development (30 credits)
The Political Economy of Education in a Globalised World (30 credits)
The Social Context of Education (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The MA in STEM Education provides a rigorous intellectual and practical grounding for:

  • aspiring and current STEM faculty heads and senior leaders working in local authority, academy trusts and private chains, locally, nationally and internationally
  • aspiring and current education staff working in STEM-related organisations including private firms, government departments, Societies, professional institutions and informal learning contexts (e.g museums, science centres, maker-spaces).

The programme will also provide a good basis for STEM graduates with aspirations to work in organisations that shape the STEM education policy and communication agenda.  

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

 If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

For further information, please visit the fees and funding section of our website.

King's College London is pleased to offer the STEM Education Teacher Scholarship worth up to 70% of 15 students' tuition fees. Find out more and how to apply.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Graduation costs

Funding

Our programme is designed to provide students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of key contemporary debates concerning STEM-related education, including policy, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment issues alongside global concerns about equity, social justice, economic growth, climate change and sustainability. It provides both an international and national focus, looking at both formal educational systems and the wider context of education. There is a strong emphasis on critiquing research literatures and policy documents and developing first-hand knowledge of research methodologies. The programme encourages collaborative working, building professional networks and asking research questions pertinent to your own contexts and challenges.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Our teaching approach is underpinned by a philosophy of participation and collaboration. You will be expected and supported to complete a significant amount of guided self-study alongside working collectively with peers and your teachers. Learning modes used are planned to offer students variety and flexibility in their study, ensuring students can align their projects with their personal interests and commitments.

Methods of teaching include:

  • Seminars

  • Online discussions, lectures and supervision

  • Use of digital resources, including videos, annotated PowerPoint presentations and web-based materials

  • Internships

  • Making artefacts

  • Data-collection and analysis

  • Reading and extensive use of the library resources

  • Coursework assignments and their associated formative feedback

You will also have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. The programme delivery model is unique as the majority of modules will be taught on Saturdays as well as on-line offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study at King’s.

The following table offers an idea of what a typical full-time work load might look like:

Module Lectures, seminars & supervision Self & group study
Per 30-credit module 20 hours of teaching 280 hours
Dissertation module 10 hours of teaching; 9 hours of supervision 581 hours

 

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Mixed-media presentations
  • Personal Learning Diaries
  • Making artefacts/models
  • Dissertation

A variety of modes of assessment are used to support and assess your academic progress and to help you develop other capabilities that are valued in educational settings.

30-credits modules will be assessed through modes including: traditional academic essays (2,000-6,000 words), mixed-media presentations, personal learning diaries and designing and making artefacts/models.

The dissertation module assessment will be assessed on a 16,000-word dissertation. High quality formative assessment and feedback is used across the programme to reinforce your learning and development.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Principles and Policy of STEM Education (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits worth of optional modules which may include:

Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society (30 credits)
Leading Practices in STEM (Computing, Maths & Science) (30 credits)
STEM Education Placement (30 credits) [Full time students only]
STEM Making and Creating (30 credits)

If you are not transferring in credits, you can also choose one option from the following:

International & Comparative Education (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (30 credits)
Business Management in Education (30 credits)
School Effectiveness & Improvement (30 credits)
Social Justice & Education Policy (30 credits)
Gender, Power and Inequality in Education Leadership (30 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Psychology & Learning (30 credits)
Teacher Development (30 credits)
The Political Economy of Education in a Globalised World (30 credits)
The Social Context of Education (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The MA in STEM Education provides a rigorous intellectual and practical grounding for:

  • aspiring and current STEM faculty heads and senior leaders working in local authority, academy trusts and private chains, locally, nationally and internationally
  • aspiring and current education staff working in STEM-related organisations including private firms, government departments, Societies, professional institutions and informal learning contexts (e.g museums, science centres, maker-spaces).

The programme will also provide a good basis for STEM graduates with aspirations to work in organisations that shape the STEM education policy and communication agenda.  

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees. If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

 If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

For further information, please visit the fees and funding section of our website.

King's College London is pleased to offer the STEM Education Teacher Scholarship worth up to 70% of 15 students' tuition fees. Find out more and how to apply.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Graduation costs

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