Institute of Education, University of London

Motto: Welcome to the worlds leading centre for education and applied social science.

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 7,200
Funding type: Public
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1. Internationally renowned

We are one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science - you will learn from the best.

2. Top of the tables

We are number 1 for Education worldwide (2014 QS World University Rankings). In the UK's last Research Assessment Exercise, we topped the league tables for education research.
3. Leading research

We attract research funding of over £20 million each year. We host many prestigious research centres and projects, including the Centre for Longitudinal Studies internationally renowned birth cohort studies.

4. Outstanding teacher training

All of our initial teacher training programmes were rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in our latest inspection.
5. Student satisfaction

We were ranked top for student satisfaction by Which? University Guide 2013. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013, we gained a 97% positive score.

6. Prestigious Doctoral School

We host the UK's largest doctoral school in education and related social sciences - nearly 1000 research student enrol each year.

7. Access to partnerships

We work jointly with over 600 London schools and have partnerships with many organisations. These include the British Film Institute, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Trust, and universities around the world.

8. Diverse people

Our current students come from more than 100 countries and many different backgrounds, including teaching, psychology, health, social work and international development.

9. Great location

We are located in the heart of London, surrounded by prominent landmarks, cultural destinations and excellent transport links.

10. Successful alumni

Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.


The Institute of Education (IOE) is the worlds leading university for education as reflected by QS University Rankings 2014. Ranked first in the world for education and first in the UK for education research by the UK governments Research Assessment Exercise, the IOE upholds its outstanding international reputation as world leader in the field.

Located in the heart of central London, the IOE is the University of Londons specialist education institution 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 Institutes expertise continually influences and shapes educational policy across the world. Our expert staff are passionate about engaging with our students and teach directly on our programmes, which is just one of the reasons why we are top in the UK for student satisfaction.

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.

The Institute offers two undergraduate programmes, 60 flexible masters programmes and has the largest Doctoral School in its field in the UK. We are committed to providing financial assistance to students from all over the world and offer a number of prestigious scholarships for international students.

For more information please see the IOE interactive brochure and country pages for tailored country specific information or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Weibo for regular international updates.


Support Services

Students at the IOE can utilise a full range of support services from both the Students 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 IOE provides academic support to all its students. This comes in a range of services, including the the Academic Writing Centre which helps students with their English language development. The Academic Writing Centre is run by experienced tutors and is designed for international students to plan and organize their writing skills and using the language effectively.

The IOE has a positive approach to disability, and provides full support for students with disabilities. The IOEs view is that no student with disabilities should be prevented from enjoying a rich and comprehensive academic experience at the Institute.

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.

Our graduates work in and lead schools, colleges and universities around the world. They have made a significant impact on education policy and continue to fill top positions throughout the education sector. We are delighted to say that 100% of our undergraduates and 93% of our postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.


The IOE Alumni Associationconnects 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

Campus Location

The Institute of Education is located in Londons cultural and academic heart Bloomsbury. The campus is surrounded by garden squares, historic buildings and academic institutions providing a stimulating and pleasant place to study. The renowned British Museum and British Library are both a short walk away from the Institute, with the excitement of Londons West End theatres, restaurants and shops also close by.

Our students have unrivalled access to the whole of London via the tube, bus and bicycle networks, the rest of the UK via national rail services and mainland Europe via the Eurostar train terminal just minutes away at St Pancras Station.


The IOE provides accommodation for students, couples and families at its main hall of residence, John Adams Hall and its annexes. John Adams hall is situated less than a five minute walk away from the IOE campus and gives students the opportunity to live in the centre of the capital in a newly refurbished building. IOE students can also apply to live in the University of London Intercollegiate Halls where they will get the opportunity to share with students from other universities in the local area.

Students Union

The Students Union is one of the IOEs 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 Institutes main building. There is a shop, bar, café and meeting rooms available for student societies to use. The elected sabbatical officers represent students interests on the Institutes academic and other committees.

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