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MA Applied Educational Leadership and Management

Course Description

Study for a prestigious MA Applied Educational Leadership and Management

by distance learning

For educational professionals who may be based in the UK or anywhere in the world and are likely to be, or aspire to be:

- 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.

This course is available via distance learning, allowing you to study flexibly whilst 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

We estimate that you will need to study for about 10-15 hours a week.


The course has been developed by the Institute of Education (IOE), 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: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/pd/certificates

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 International Programmes website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ilonka Sargent-Capron

The AELM degree was just right for me. I could study online from the Bahamas and take my examinations right here too. The University of London International Programmes also provided study materials, access to the university’s online library, and online activities which provided an opportunity for reflection in ways to develop yourself and build on best practices from other international students and the course tutors. It is what learning should be all about. Applying theory to practice as you go, coupled with support.

The modules were excellent in terms of enhancing learning, particularly in the area of school administration and gaining insight on why things are the way are, and how I can know the difference in terms of how to make improvements.

I heartily recommend the University of London International Programmes to other educators who desire to enhance their professional development. This method has saved me a lot of travel expenses and I can still spend quality time with my family and work. The degree has also empowered me both academically and professionally, whilst further assisting my career to move forward into a management level where Ican make a difference with my newly acquired skills, insights and theories.

I have accepted an invitation to work on the Bahamas Ministry of Education 10-year plan education reform committee. That has given me a great feeling of pride, to be able to assist in the design of educational policies to help improve the system - doing that in itself is priceless.


Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent from an institution acceptable to the University of London. An advanced level of English language is required.At least two years relevant work experience is also required

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