Educational Leadership (International) MBA

London, Bloomsbury

The degree is for senior leaders in education in all phases of provision, from pre-school settings through to those working at the tertiary level, as well as those with a system-wide role. Participants are usually in or aspiring to executive leadership roles, which we define as having responsibility for multi-part or multi-site educational organisations.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
£9,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
Not applicable
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or equivalent senior leadership experience. Applicants who have earned the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) certificate within the last five years will gain 30 credits towards the MBA. All applicants must have relevant professional experience.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Visa information for non-UK students

You are permitted to study this programme on a flexible basis on a short-term study visa as long as each visit will be for less than six months, and there is a gap of at least one month between visits and you are still living in your home country.

Students' Union UCL Advice Service can help you with the visa application process.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme provides you with the opportunity to develop as a strategic thinker, a leader of learning and educational improvement and a manager of resources, exploring important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, teaching and learning.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to senior and aspiring executive leaders across a wide range of educational contexts and sectors, as well as those within local authority, consultancy and policy-making roles.

What this course will give you

The research and development work carried out by the Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society has an outstanding reputation. The department is at the forefront of promoting new knowledge for and about leadership, nationally, and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership to improve the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge of research and practice.

The Educational Leadership (International) MBA provides a full overview of contemporary education leadership issues and will allow you to apply that theory and research to practice.

The foundation of your career

This Master's degree provides the opportunity for you to:

  • develop as a strategic thinker, leader of learning and educational improvement, and manager of resources
  • explore important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, and teaching and learning.

Employability

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • executive leaders and trustees of academies and multi-academy trusts
  • headteachers/Principals of state-maintained, independent and international schools
  • heads of early childhood settings
  • senior education consultants working within national and international contexts
  • local authority leaders
  • senior leaders aspiring to executive leadership roles in education.

Accreditation

The MBA was revised in 2018 to ensure the learning outcomes were aligned to AMBA guidelines.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, online materials and tutorial support involving module leaders and guest speakers. Assessment is through assignment submission and final dissertation. The programme is delivered through intensive two-day contact periods and tutorial support can be offered in person or online.

Each taught module consists of two blocks of teaching (normally full days on Fridays and Saturdays) which take place about a month apart.  There are normally additional compulsory acitives online between sessions, with the remaining study time comprising independent study and assignment preparation.

Modules

Part-time

The programme can be completed in two years (part-time route), you are required to successfully complete the following modules:

  1. executive Leadership in Educational Settings
  2. leading People for Effective Learning
  3. strategic Leadership and Resource Management
  4. leading Education in the 21st Century

You are also required to complete either:

  • a dissertation which investigates a topic or issue that is relevant to business administration in the context of educational organisations or systems. There should also be a focus on the international perspective of your enquiry.
    or
  • a National Professional Qualification for Headship (within a five-year period prior to first enrolment on the degree) and a report which investigates a topic or issue that is relevant to business administration in the context of educational organisations or systems. There should also be a focus on the international perspective of your enquiry.

The modules do not have pre- or post-compulsory requirements, so can be taken in any order. The dissertation/report is normally the final stage of the degree.

Flexible

The programme can be completed up to a maximum of five years (flexible/modular route), you are required to successfully complete the following modules:

  1. executive Leadership in Educational Settings
  2. leading People for Effective Learning
  3. strategic Leadership and Resource Management
  4. leading Education in the 21st Century

You are also required to complete either:

  • a dissertation which investigates a topic or issue that is relevant to business administration in the context of educational organisations or systems. There should also be a focus on the international perspective of your enquiry.

or

  • a National Professional Qualification for Headship (within a five-year period prior to first enrolment on the degree) and a report which investigates a topic or issue that is relevant to business administration in the context of educational organisations or systems. There should also be a focus on the international perspective of your enquiry.

The modules do not have pre- or post-compulsory requirements, so can be taken in any order. The dissertation/report is normally the final stage of the degree.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MBA in Educational Leadership (International).

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: IOE, UCL's Faculty for Education and Society Virtual Event series

Find out more about our wide range of programmes in education, social science and social policy and psychology and human development at our graduate open series running from 31 January to 10 February 2022. The events will include the opportunity to meet the programme teams, learn more about our programmes and ask any questions you have about studying at IOE.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £9,700
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Educational Leadership (International) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Educational Leadership (International) 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021