UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

  • 7200 Students (1000 int'l)
  • Public University
London, 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 IOEs 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.

About UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is ranked first in the world for education (QS World University Subject Ranking 2014) and first in the UK for education research (Research Assessment Exercise).

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. As such, the IOE is now part of one of the worlds leading multi-faculty institution ranked 5th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014).Located in the heart of central London, the IOE is a global hub of ideas and debate in education and related social sciences and has a true commitment to research and teaching excellence.

Our world-renowned academic staff conduct research for governments, ministries, schools and universities, meaning that the Institutes expertise continually influences and shapes educational policy across the world. The IOE is the number one choice for education professionals from around the world to develop themselves and their careers.

We enjoy some of the highest employability ratings compared to all UK universities with 93% of our 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 UKs largest education Doctoral School.

We offer two full-time undergraduate programmes:

  • BA Education Studies and
  • BA/BSc Psychology in Education.

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The Institute of Education, University of London is one of the largest centres of social science research in the UK and has more than five times as many world-leading scholars in education than any other British university. The IOE was officially named number one in the UK for education research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Research at the Institute is focused on addressing the fundamental questions that have a direct bearing on all members of the society and raising the standard of educational research.The Institute is home to over 30 specialist research centres. New ideas from research projects inform education policy and practice in London, the UK and around the world, and have a direct impact on teaching at the IOE.

Staff at the IOE have expertise in a broad range of research areas including: Disciplines of Education, Organization and Improvement of Learning, Curriculum, Culture and Knowledge, Children, Families and Early Learning and Longitudinal and Social Research.

Research Facts

The Institute tops the league table for educational research according to the latest official government assessment of UK universities.According to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the IOE has been placed in the top 10 universities in the UK (across all subject areas) for the impact of its research.The Institute has the highest percentage of research judged as world-leading (4-star) of all UK universities.

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, government departments and international agencies.

The IOE truly is a thriving research community with doctoral students from all over the world. Academic staff publish widely and frequently undertake specialist consultancy work for national and international organisations.


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.

Support Services

Students 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.

The Newsam Library

The Newsam 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.


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.


The IOE Alumni Association connects graduates from the Institute all over the world. Being part of the alumni network gives our graduates excellent networking and social opportunities with likeminded education professionals.

Student life at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

London is one of the most popular cities in the world for international students. The city offers unrivalled social opportunities, world-class cultural attractions and unmatched networking opportunities everything that a student needs for an enjoyable and productive experience. London welcomes over 100,000 students from 200 different countries each year. International students join a truly diverse and cosmopolitan environment both within the IOE and within London itself.

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 we welcome around 1000 international students to our programmes.

Most are attracted by the outstanding quality of our courses and the range and breadth of what is on offer. Our Student's Union offers all students the chance to socialise with each other, engage with alternative cultures and backgrounds and meet a diverse and cosmopolitan group of friends. Fellow University of London colleges close by widen these opportunities further.

The University of London Union is a natural meeting point for students across the 19 colleges of the University of London, and is located five minutes from the IOE. There are a number of well-served transport options in London including the tube, trains and buses, stretching across the UK and throughout mainland Europe. Its a perfect base for exploring the continent.

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