ICHRE offers world-class teaching in the history of education – broadly defined – through our unique History of Education MA and via contributions to the BA Education Studies. All courses are taught by research-active specialists in social and educational history.
BA Education Studies
Members of ICHRE contribute in various ways to the BA (Hons) Education Studies at UCL. This undergraduate degree was launched in 2011, offering students a broad-based grounding in education studies with the opportunity to specialise in one of the foundation disciplines – history, philosophy and sociology. The specialist history modules are all taught by members of ICHRE, who also contribute lectures and seminar teaching on a range of multi-disciplinary courses. These specialist courses include ‘Youth and Youth Movements in the Modern World’ (led by Georgina Brewis), ‘Archival Research and Oral History in Education’ (led by Mark Freeman) and ‘Social Histories of Learners and Learning’ (led by Tom Woodin). Further details about the BA can be found here.
MA History of Education
The History of Education MA at UCL Institute of Education is a unique masters programme that critically assesses key developments and debates in the history of education over the last two centuries and connects contemporary policy and practice to what happened in the past. International research-active staff lead the teaching and students benefit from access to archives and the largest education library in Europe. Students are supported by tailored individual supervision sessions throughout the course and are encouraged to develop their work into talks and publications in academic journals. Modules include: Debates in the History of Education and a range of options such as Understanding Education Research and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Ideas in addition to a dissertation based upon original archival research. There are distance learning options and the module Debates in the History of Education can also be taken as a standalone online module. Dr Tom Woodin is the programme leader. Further details about the MA can be found here.
The International Centre for Historical Research in Education is based within the department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education. We host a wide ranging programme of PhD supervision. Staff have developed a national and international reputation for excellence in supervising doctoral students and are available to supervise in a range of areas relating to the history of education. Postgraduate students make a vital contribution to a vibrant learning community that fosters critical enquiry in a supportive context. Those enrolled on the programme are encouraged to develop their work for presentations at regular seminars and publications in books and academic journals. The experience of studying at the Centre is enriched by focused training courses offered by the Institute of Education’s Doctoral School as well as access to a world class education library, rich educational archives and skilled archivists. Students can also participate in training offered by other UCL schools and other colleges in the Bloomsbury Postgradaute Skills Network. Previous students have gone onto pursue academic careers as well as those in teaching, research, policy and museum and archival work.
Potential students are welcome to contact individual supervisors to discuss options regarding pursuing their research interests as a doctorate and you can see further information about the programme here. Possibilities of co-supervision with colleagues in UCL History Department also exist. Home or EU students are eligible to apply for AHRC funding via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership or ESRC funding via the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. The work of some of our current and recently completed students is profiled here.