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Study for a prestigious MA Applied Educational Leadership and Management by distance learning

If you're an educational professional looking to progress into management or consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the ideal degree for you.

  • a leader or manager in a school or college
  • an educational consultant
  • working in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation.

Provided by the UCL Institute of Education, this MA programme is available by distance learning, allowing you to study flexibly while balancing work and personal commitments.

Course aims

The course will:

  • equip you with the knowledge to improve your understanding of educational management and leadership
  • enable you to apply theory and research in your job
  • foster your continuing professional development through reflection on practice
  • allow you to consider issues related to the policy context of education
  • give you the chance to contribute towards improvement of educational systems and institutions and to reflect on the quality of learning and teaching.

Your time commitment

To complete the MA programme in the minimum study period (3 years), we estimate that you will need to study for about 10-15 hours per week.


The course has been developed by the UCL Institute of Education, the largest institution in the UK devoted to the study of education and related areas. Founded in 1902, the Institute is a world-class centre of excellence for teacher training, higher degrees, research and consultancy in education and related areas of professional practice and the social sciences. The Institute hosts over 100 research and consultancy projects at any one time.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Affiliate membership

Students on the AELM programme can become Affiliate members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which provides access to a wide range of resources and services. On completion of the MA degree, students will be eligible to apply for fast track professional recognition (ACMI or MCMI with three years’ management experience).

Recognition for the IB advanced certificate in leadership research

The AELM programme has gained recognition for the International Baccalaureate advanced certificate in leadership research. If you are an International Baccalaureate teacher, or interested in gaining this additional qualification, please visit the IB website.

Comprehensive study materials and support

The learning strategy for this course is collaborative in that you share your skills and experience with other students. You are supported by an online learning environment which incorporates focused conferencing and work spaces linked to specific activities for each module. There are also informal discussion areas and links to online resources including library support. Study materials and course readings are provided.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.

Visit the MA Applied Educational Leadership and Management page on the University of London website for more details!






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