Institute of Education Leadership

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Institute of Education Leadership

Institute of Education Leadership

London Centre for Leadership in Learning

The UK’s largest Higher Education centre for research, development and teaching in educational leadership, innovation and impact.

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We have over 50 members of staff offering expertise across a range of leadership fields.

Partnership, public engagement and impact

We have a strong commitment to partnership, public engagement and impact in all that we do and we are pleased to lead IOE-wide initiatives in this area such as the IOE Research and Development Network.


  • Develop criticality: build evidence-based, theory-informed and innovative approaches to policy and practice.
  • Deepen learning: broaden perspectives and forge connections between theory, policy and practice.
  • Nurture collaboration: encourage shared thinking within and between communities of learners.
  • Activate knowledge: develop and mobilise knowledge and understanding within organisations and systems.
  • Enhance equity: promote understanding about, and action around, equity and social justice.

Educational Leadership (International) MBA

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.

Degree Information

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
Financial Management
Leading People For Effective Learning
Marketing and Strategy
System Leadership
Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Part time: 4 years
Flexible: up to 4 years

Part-time students can finish within two years, but most take longer (up to 4 years).

Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£14,920 (FT) £7,450 (PT)
£18,090 (FT) £9,020 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master’s fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A second-class UK Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or equivalent senior leadership experience. Applicants who have earned the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) certificate within the last five years will gain 30 credits towards the MBA. All applicants must have relevant professional experience.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

You are permitted to study this programme on a flexible basis on a short-term study visa as long as each visit will be for less than six months, and there is a gap of at least one month between visits and you are still living in your home country.

UCLU Rights & Advice can help you with the visa application process.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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

  • headteachers
  • senior education consultants working within national and international contexts
  • local authority leaders
  • senior leaders in state and independent sector schools

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 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.

Department: Learning & Leadership

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.

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

This programme is suited to senior and aspiring educational leaders across a wide range of educational contexts and sectors, as well as those within local authority, consultancy and policy-making roles.

Application deadlines
All applicants
28 July 2017

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.

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