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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Funding

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

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 £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://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

26 July 2019

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.


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

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