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International Centre for Historical Research in Education


International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a leading centre for historical research into education


Study with us

ICHRE offers world-class teaching in the history of education – broadly defined – through our contributions to UCL’s BA Education Studies degree, MA Education and PhD supervision. 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 The Worlds of UCL: Critical Histories of Education, Nation and Empire, Youth and Youth Movements: Historical and Sociological Perspectives, Archival Research and Oral History in Education; and Social Histories of Learners and Learning. Further details about the BA can be found here.

MA Education

UCL Institute of Education has a long history of offering taught courses in the history of education at MA level. It is possible to take history options (including Debates in the History of Education) and work towards a history masters dissertation, as part of the MA Education. 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. Debates in the History of Education can also be taken as a standalone online module. Contact Tom Woodin (t.woodin@ucl.ac.uk) for more information.

Research Degrees

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. 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 with ICHRE is enriched by focused training courses offered by the IOE 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 faculties and other colleges in the Bloomsbury Postgraduate 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 or UCL Geography 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.