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Course content

The Educational Leadership (International) MBA will meet the needs of senior educational leaders, developing the scholarship and academic skills to support their reflective practice. It will enable them to reflect on the key areas of theory, empirical research and values that underpin educational leadership, and allow them to analyse how policy can impact on educational leadership.

About this degree

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Strategic Leadership and Resource Management
  • Leading People For Effective Learning
  • System Leadership
  • Leading in Diverse Communites and Cultures

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Educational Leadership (International) MBA

Careers

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

  • Executive leaders of academies and multi-academy trusts
  • Headteachers/Principals
  • Heads of early childhood settings
  • Senior education consultants working within national and international contexts
  • Local authority leaders
  • Senior leaders in state, independent and international sector schools

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Head Teacher, Inclusive Learning Service (inner London)
  • Primary School Deputy Head Teacher, Unspecified London School
  • Secondary School Deputy Head Teacher, Unspecified Independent School, Surrey

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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality, depth and breadth of 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 in London, 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. This includes focusing on the role of schools within the wider community and how governmental policy makes its mark.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Educational Leadership (International) (MBA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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