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Educational Leadership (International) MBA

The degree is for senior leaders in education in all phases of educational provision, from pre-school settings through to those working at the tertiary level, as well as those with a system-wide role.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

The taught programme is organised in blocks for Fridays and Saturdays. For each module you would need to attend two blocks of teaching.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 4 September 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£8,300 (PT)
Overseas:
£10,550 (PT)


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 Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Accreditation:

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

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

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

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.

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

Select your country:

About this degree

This programme provides students 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Students with an NPQH qualification awarded no more than five years before the planned start date can claim recognition of prior learning to the value of 30 credits, and complete four core modules (120 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded a MBA in Educational Leadership (International).

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Strategic Leadership and Resource Management
  • Leading People for Effective Learning
  • System Leadership
  • International Perspectives on Accountability and Evaluation in Education

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/research project

Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a research dissertation (20,000 words). Students with an NPQH qualification awarded no more than five years before the planned start date can claim recognition of prior learning and complete a research report instead of a dissertation (10,000 words). 

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, via Skype or online.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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.

Accessibility

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

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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

Careers

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.

Employability

This Master's degree provides the opportunity 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The research and development work carried out by the Department of Learning and Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) 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 allows participants to apply that theory and research to practice.

Accreditation:

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

Department: Learning & Leadership

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I know that studying Educational Leadership (International) at the IOE will allow me to remain competitive when applying for headship and inform my career choices for a long time to come. I cannot think of a better place to learn than with the energetic and innovative faculty that I have met at UCL, which has a reputation for the highest standards and is at the forefront for educational developments. Q&A with Areti Bizior"

Areti Bizior

Educational Leadership (International) MBA

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
4 September 2020

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 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.

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