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Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA

The Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA is designed for education leaders or managers who work in a school or college, or work in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation. It will enable students to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions, and to reflect on the quality of the learning and teaching they manage.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Flexible: 3-5 years

This is a part-time programme where students are enrolled for a 5-year period. The shortest period for completing the programme is 3-years.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. The fee for this programme is set by, and payable to, the University of London. Further details can be found on the University of London International Programmes website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Accreditation: International Baccalaureate
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in any subject, and at least two years' relevant work experience. Word processing, Internet and email skills are all basic requirements of this programme. You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme's study resources are located. (*Full mobile access is not available for all programmes).

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

International students may take this programme at home via distance learning without requiring a visa. This programme is not suitable for students on a Tier 4 visa.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

As an applied programme, this MA will improve a student's understanding of educational management and leadership whilst enabling them to apply theory and research to their own working environment. It will foster a student's continuing professional development, allowing them to consider issues related to the policy context of education. It will also give them the chance to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of two core modules (60 credits) and two optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) consisting of two core modules is also offered.

Core modules

  • Leadership for the Learning Community
  • Learning and Managing Educational Change and Improvement

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Developing Personal Leadership Skills
  • Exploring Educational Policy
  • Finance and Resource Management
  • Values, Vision and Moral Purpose


All students submit a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via online learning, allowing you to study flexibly whilst balancing work and personal commitments.

The learning strategy for this programme is collaborative in that students share their skills and experience with others. Students are supported by an online learning environment which incorporates focused conferencing and work spaces linked to specific activities for each module. There are also informal discussion areas and links to online resources including library support. Study materials and readings are provided.

Study time is estimated at about 10-15 hours a week.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as senior and middle leaders in education institutions worldwide, while others have jobs as government ministers and advisers. Graduates can also be found working as local government leaders and consultants.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership's excellent reputation stems from the quality, depth and breadth of its research and development work, and from its promotion oe educational leadership both nationally and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership to improve the life chances of individuals and communities, and works with practitioners and policymakers at the centre of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

Department: Learning & Leadership

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for educational professionals who may be based in the UK or anywhere in the world and who are likely to be educational leaders or managers in a variety of settings.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Applied Educational Leadership and Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Applied Educational Leadership and Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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