Educational Leadership (Pre-service) MA

London, Bloomsbury

The MA Educational Leadership Pre-Service route is aimed at participants who are yet to accumulate a background in formal educational leadership roles.  It is targeted at participants with a strong commitment to developing a career in educational leadership across a range of contexts, roles and settings. The programme will enable you to reflect on relevant and contemporary theory, practice and evidence, supporting you to become an effective educationalist and future leader of learning and change.

Modules on this programme are taught in a blended format, involving face-to-face and online attendance and interaction. Tuition involves some daytime engagement, as well as some evening sessions.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£11,800
£5,900
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
£14,500
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or overseas qualification is required. Applicants are not required to have previous leadership experience.

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: Level 2

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.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

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

You will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice. You will be encouraged to identify and extend your personal leadership capabilities in the education sector.  There is also a close focus on how you can improve the quality of learning and teaching for the student body and amongst professionals you will be working with as an educational leader.

Who this course is for

You do not need previous leadership experience in education, but you must demonstrate a strong career interest in the education sector.

What this course will give you

The degree will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and encourage participants to identify, develop and extend personal leadership potential. This degree draws on the extensive knowledge and research base of the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, part of IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, ranked number one in the world for education for the last nine years (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022). The degree is led and taught by experts in the field who apply their expertise and experience to support emerging educational leaders to become effective leaders of learning and change.

The foundation of your career

Although academic in focus, the programme is rooted in real-world issues related to the field of education. This programme will provide a grounding in matters such as understanding the role of leadership in education and impacts on children, young people and staff; discussing the role of emergent leaders, including GenZ; enhance your understanding and evaluation of leadership efficacy; explore current and emergent student needs and how these can be impacted through leadership for improvement. This programme is committed to a research-informed approach and will support you in developing your abilities to assess research claims; explore research as a form of professional enquiry and development of professional practice; undertake appropriate research-engaged exploration in the field of education and leadership contexts.  

Employability

The pre-service route is designed to allow candidates with little or no previous formal experience to develop careers within educational leadership at a range of practice and policy levels, as well as those who wish to go on to doctoral scholarship in related disciplines. Deep engagement with the education leadership field will provide candidates with an excellent foundation for development and advancement of careers in educational leadership.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered mainly through face-to-face teaching with some online learning. Approaches also include facilitation, multimedia presentations and activity-based learning. Each module is supported by materials on our virtual learning environment.

Modules on this programme are taught in a blended format, including face-to-face and some online tuition.  You will spend your time mainly within in-person lectures, there will be some online tuition with engagement in tutorials and in directed online activities where you will work with other students, undertaking independent study and preparing for assessment tasks. Tuition across the programme involves some daytime study, as well as some evening sessions.

Modules

All compulsory modules and recommended optional modules from the IOE leadership suite are taught in a blended format. This includes in-person as well as some online tuition. Your studies are further supported with a virtual learning environment dedicated to the programme and each module that you are undertaking.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor . The Personal Tutor will offer guidance and support, and may also signpost you to wider resources and services, in relation to your academic progression and individual wellbeing.

In term 1, you will complete two of the programme's core modules.

In term 2, you will begin the core dissertation, and are advised to undertake no more than one 30 credit optional module.

In term 3, you will continue with your dissertation and are advised to undertake no more than one 30 credit optional module.

All students undertake a final dissertation (60 credits). In some circumstances and in consultation with the programme leader you may take an additional optional module and produce a final research report (30 credits).

All compulsory modules and recommended optional modules from the IOE leadership suite are taught in a blended format. This includes in-person as well as some online tuition. Your studies are further supported with a virtual learning environment dedicated to the programme and each module that you are undertaking.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor. The Personal Tutor will offer guidance and support, and may also signpost you to wider resources and services, in relation to your academic progression and individual wellbeing.

In Year 1, it is advised that you complete three modules accumulating in a total of 90 credits.

In Year 2, it is advised that you complete the dissertation (60 credits) and and one module (30 credits), accumulating in total of 90 credits.

All students undertake a final dissertation (60 credits). In some circumstances and in consultation with the programme leader you may take an additional optional module (30 credits) plus a final research report (30 credits).

All compulsory modules and recommended optional modules from the IOE leadership suite are taught in a blended format. This includes in-person as well as some online tuition. Your studies are further supported with a virtual learning environment dedicated to the programme and each module that you are undertaking.

You will also be assigned a Personal Tutor. The Personal Tutor will offer guidance and support, and may also signpost you to wider resources and services, in relation to your academic progression and individual wellbeing.

Students on the modular flexible route can spread their learning across a minimum period of two years, to a maximum period of five years.

You should discuss with your Programme Leader the anticipated duration for completion of your studies. Each year, you will have opportunity to confirm which modules you will complete. This should be based on a viable balance between your professional, personal and academic commitments.

All students undertake a final dissertation (60 credits). In some circumstances and in consultation with the programme leader you can take an additional optional module (30 credits) plus a final research report (30 credits).

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

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

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

Programme also available 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

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses they will incur when undertaking their report or dissertation.

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 (Pre-service) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Educational Leadership (Pre-service) at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background relate to 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 (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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