Educational Leadership (Teach First) MA

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,400
£2,700
This programme consists of 90 credits. The published fee is for the first year of study only and subsequent years of study may increase by up to 5% annually. Modular fees are pro-rated based on the credit value undertaken each year.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
This programme consists of 90 credits. The published fee is for the first year of study only and subsequent years of study may increase by up to 5% annually. Modular fees are pro-rated based on the credit value undertaken each year.
Duration
1 calendar year
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 minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 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).

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.

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 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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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 UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, 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.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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 in charitable organisations and social enterprises.

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.

Modules

Full-time

The MA Education Leadership (Teach First Route) is a 180-credit course, the first 90 of which will be imported from your PGDE. Participants complete:

• Leading and Managing Change and Improvement (30 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits) or Report (30 credits) plus Optional Module (30 credits)

If you are registered as full-time – you must complete all 90 credits in one year.

Part-time

The MA Education Leadership (Teach First Route) is a 180-credit course, the first 90 of which will be imported from your PGDE. Participants complete:

• Leading and Managing Change and Improvement (30 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits) or Report (30 credits) plus Optional Module (30 credits)

If you are registered as part-time – you must complete 30 credit LMCI in the first year and the Dissertation in the second year. You may choose to do the Report (instead of the Dissertation) and an optional module over the first and second year (optional module dependent).

Flexible

The MA Education Leadership (Teach First Route) is a 180-credit course, the first 90 of which will be imported from your PGDE. Participants complete:

• Leading and Managing Change and Improvement (30 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits) or Report (30 credits) plus Optional Module (30 credits)

If you are registered as modular flexible – you must complete the LMCI core module in the first year; you then have 2-5 years to complete the remaining 60 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Educational Leadership (Teach First).

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,400 £2,700
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400

This programme consists of 90 credits. The published fee is for the first year of study only and subsequent years of study may increase by up to 5% annually. Modular fees are pro-rated based on the credit value undertaken each year.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in 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

There is no application fee for this programme.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Educational Leadership (Teach First) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Educational Leadership (Teach First) 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