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Applied Educational Leadership and Management - MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA is designed for education leaders or managers who work in a school or college, or work in an educational planning, development or inspection role for a national or regional organisation. It will enable students to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions, and to reflect on the quality of the learning and teaching they manage.

Degree information

As an applied programme, this MA will improve a student's understanding of educational management and leadership whilst enabling them to apply theory and research to their own working environment. It will foster a student's continuing professional development, allowing them to consider issues related to the policy context of education. It will also give them the chance to contribute towards the improvement of educational systems and institutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) consisting of two core modules (60 credits) and two optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) consisting of two core modules is also offered.

Core modules:
-Leadership for the Learning Community
-Learning and Managing Educational Change and Improvement

Optional modules - students choose two of the following:
-Developing Personal Leadership Skills
-Exploring Educational Policy
-Finance and Resource Management
-Values, Vision and Moral Purpose

All students submit a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via online learning, allowing you to study flexibly whilst balancing work and personal commitments.

The learning strategy for this programme is collaborative in that students share their skills and experience with others. Students 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 readings are provided.

Study time is estimated at about 10-15 hours a week.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as senior and middle leaders in education institutions worldwide, while others have jobs as government ministers and advisers. Graduates can also be found working as local government leaders and consultants.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership's excellent reputation stems from the quality, depth and breadth of its research and development work, and from its promotion oe educational leadership both nationally and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership to improve the life chances of individuals and communities, and works with practitioners and policymakers at the centre of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

Visit the Applied Educational Leadership and Management - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in any subject, and at least two years' relevant work experience. Word processing, Internet and email skills are all basic requirements of this programme. You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme's study resources are located. (*Full mobile access is not available for all programmes).

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