UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

London, England, United Kingdom
The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is world leading in education and social science. Ranked 1st in the world for education (QS World Rankings 2015) and 1st in the UK for research strength (REF 2014), the IOE has an unrivalled reputation for excellence in the field. Located in central London, the IOE is a global hub of ideas and debate with a true commitment to research and teaching excellence. Our world-renowned academic staff conduct research for governments, ministries, schools and universities, meaning that the IOE’s expertise continually influences and impacts global educational policy. Students interested in education can choose from two undergraduate programmes, 60 flexible masters programmes and research in the largest Centre for Doctoral Education in the UK.



Considered a world leader in this field, the Institute of Education was founded in 1902 and has been at the forefront of education since its inception. In December 2014, the IOE became a School of UCL and is now the UCL Institute of Education.


More world-leading scholars in the field of education, work at the IOE than any other UK university (Source: Research Excellence Framework 2014). At the forefront of research, most of their 400 academics have also been been practitioners and draw on direct experience of the workplace.


Their world-renowned academic staff conduct research for governments, ministries, schools and universities, meaning that the Institute’s expertise continually influences and shapes educational policy across the world.

The IOE conducts over one-third of all education research in the UK.The IOEs income from research projects of over £14 million per annum makes it one of the largest centres of social science research in the UK.Over 40% of our research is funded by research councils in the education field. This makes the IOE one of the most successful institutions in securing research funding.Members of staff at the IOE are engaged in over 250 research projects funded by research councils, charities.


They enjoy some of the highest employability ratings compared to all UK universities with 93% of their postgraduates in employment or further study six months after graduation.Students interested in graduate-level education and related subjects, in areas such as international development, public policy, developmental psychology, leadership, can choose from one of our 60 renowned masters programmes or study a research degree at the UK’s largest education Doctoral School.

The IOE uses the services of University of London Careers Group for career guidance advice. The group provides advice and guidance on how to start looking for a job, preparing resumes and offers interview advice.

Master's Programmes

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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)!


Student services

Support ServicesStudents at the IOE can utilise a full range of support services from both the Student's Union and the Student Support Centre. The latter can provide advice and assistance on a whole range of issues including accommodation, fees, childcare, career guidance and academic support.

Housing services

  • UCL Halls of Residence
UCL's three Halls of Residence provide catered accommodation close to the main campus.
  • Student Houses
UCL's range of Student Houses offer self-catered accommodation.
  • Intercollegiate Halls
There are several catered Intercollegiate Halls of Residence available to students attending UCL and any college of the University of London.
  • Private providers
Independent organisations offering accommodation to students in London.

Library services

TheNewsam Library at the IOE is the finest education library in Europe. Its world-renowned archive has an extensive collection of current and historical materials on education and related areas of social science. In fact, the library collection contains a copy of every book on education published in the UK and a substantial range of books from other countries.

Medical services

If you are an EU/EEA student, or a non-EU student studying in the UK for more than 6 months, you may wish to consider private health insurance as well as there can be long waiting times for some NHS services. With private medical insurance you can also ensure you are covered for other medical-related costs that are not covered by the NHS.

Student Life

Campus life

The IOE is based in Bloomsbury, the intellectual and cultural heart of London. The British Museum and the British Library are based a few minutes walk from the IOE. The British Library has a copy of every book ever published in the English language. The IOE is on the doorstep of Londons famous West End district, containing world-class theatres, restaurants, museums and galleries. IOE students have the opportunity to live amongst this history and culture, and to contribute to it. Every year they welcome around 1000 international students to our programmes.

Student clubs

Student's Union (SU)The Student's Union is one of the IOE's main social centres for students and is a central part of student life. The Union offers a range of facilities located in a modern, self-contained unit within the Institute's main building. There is a shop, bar, café and meeting rooms available for student societies to use.


CL Careers picked up the AGCAS award for Careers Service / Academic Department Partnership award for the work with UCL Management Science & Innovation, Engineering Faculty and Laws Faculty.

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London, England, United Kingdom