Institute of Education


Educational Leadership (Teach First) MA

The Educational Leadership (Teach First) MA will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and encourage students to reflect on and challenge their own practice as educational leaders or managers. The course is a route on the MA Educational Leadership for students who have successfully completed the Teach First PGDE. Students from different routes will have some teaching delivered together.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 9 September 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £4,290 (FT) £2,080 (PT)
Overseas: £9,570 (FT) £4,755 (PT)

Note on fees: The programme consists of 90 credits. The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Modular fees are pro-rated based on the credit value undertaken each year. 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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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:

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.

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

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About this degree

This programme covers a wide range of issues including: theories and practice of leadership; educational change and school improvement; and the social and policy contexts of leading schools. 

The aims of the MA are to develop a body of knowledge to: a) inform students' comparative understanding of leadership and management in a range of educational settings including their own, and b) improve their understanding of institutional change and improvement. The use of analytical frameworks and insights from research findings will enable participants to reflect on key concepts, theories and models of leadership, management, policy and educational improvement and on their application to working environments and community contexts, including their own.

Students will be able to join a professional network with other participants from London and around the world.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) and either a dissertation (60 credits), or a Report (30 credits) and an optional module (30 credits).

Compulsory modules

Leading and Managing Change and Improvement
Dissertation or Report

Optional modules

Students undertaking the 30 credit Report are eligible to choose one optional module. Modules which are asterisked are offered by the University of London International Programme (subject to availability). These are distance learning modules and therefore not suitable for full-time students on Tier 4 visas. Other elective modules offered within the IOE may also be taken, subject to approval. 

Doing and Using Educational Leadership and Management Research
Leadership for the Learning Community
Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
Developing Personal Leadership Skills*
Exploring Educational Policy*
Finance and Resource Management*
Values, Vision and Moral Purpose*


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits) or a Report of 10,000 (30 credits).

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered through face-to-face teaching, facilitation, multimedia presentations and activity-based learning. Each module is supported by materials on our virtual learning environment. The programme is assessed through coursework and the dissertation.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline is 5 April 2019
Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)

IOE Fulbright

Now closed for 2019/20

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


The Educational Leadership MA is a proven programme which our students have found to be invaluable in enhancing their current roles. A significant number have used both the skills and the qualification as a platform for career advancement. Typically they move into leadership positions within their selected phase of working. Subsequently many move on to headship or principalship. A smaller number elect to continue their exploration of education through doctoral studies.

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as principals/head teachers, while others have jobs as university academics.


Though academic in focus the programme is practical in terms of application. Students develop skills in leading staff, working with teams, professional issues of supporting and challenging motivation, leading change, assessing research claims and developing research-engaged institutions. Wider philosophical and value stances are explored and these are particularly pertinent in working in a truly global context.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality and range of the Department of Learning and Leadership's research and development work derives from its excellent reputation, not least for promoting new knowledge for and about leadership in London, nationally, and internationally. The programme draws on the world leading expertise of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, located within the department.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership for improving the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge 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

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?

The MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) route is only for students who have completed the Teach First PGDE either at the UCL Institute of Education or at other participating institutions (namely, Canterbury Christchurch, Bath Spa, Birmingham City, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam, and University of Manchester).

You will be eligible to APL 90 credits from your PGDE onto the MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) and you will be required to provide evidence of successful completion of a PGDE on application.

Students who have not completed a PGDE are very welcome to consider applying to the main MA Educational Leadership programme.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 September 2019

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 Leadership at graduate level
  • 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.

Contact information

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