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STEM Education MA

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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. 

 Watch our webinar to find out more about what you'll be learning, how the course is structured and who this course is for.


15 STEM Education Teacher Scholarships in 2020/21 are available for payments towards programme fees.

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


Key benefits

  • 15 STEM Education Teacher Scholarships available for teachers working in a state-funded school in England. 
  • 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. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ 90 ECTS credits

Course leaders Dr Melissa Glackin (melissa.glackin@kcl.ac.uk)

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Lau China Institute School of Education, Communication & Society



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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.

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Course detail


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.

Course format 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; as well as 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:

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


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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. The MA in STEM Education comprises modules that total 180 credits. Part-time students can take modules over two years. Please note: students who are transferring in Master’s level credits (e.g. from a PGCE, if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course) will be exempt from the corresponding number of optional module credits, but must take the 60 credit required dissertation research module, as well as the compulsory taught module.

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.

Required Modules
You are required to take the following modules:


Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits worth of optional modules from:

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



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. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please give your reasons for choice of programme, choosing King's College and for wishing to study at MA level together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
 References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
 Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £8,800 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £17,900 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,400 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £8,950 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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


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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 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.



15 STEM Education Teacher Scholarships in 2020/21 are available for payments towards programme fees. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Work in a state-funded school in England (e.g. comprehensive, academy, free school). Including, primary, secondary and FE-levels.
  • Be a specialist teacher in: Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Design & Technology or Geography.
  • Have completed, or is completing, their NQT year.

Where more applications are received than bursaries available, preference will be given to applicants showing evidence of:

  • Support from their school (e.g. financial, study leave). A letter of support from a head teacher/ line manager setting out the level of support;
  • A persuasive rationale of the potential impact attending the MA programme could have on their professional practice and/or on their department and/or school.

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


Additional costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.  


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