Applied Educational Leadership

University College London (UCL)

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36 months
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This Applied Educational Leadership MA course offered at the University College London (UCL) is designed for middle or established leaders and managers in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. 


The Applied Educational Leadership MA course offered at the University College London (UCL) enables students to develop themselves and their educational systems, and to reflect on the quality of the learning and teaching they manage.

As an applied programme, this MA will improve a student's understanding of educational leadership theory, enable them to apply it to their own working environment, and to undertake research in their settings. 

It will foster students' continuing professional development, allowing them to consider issues related to the policy context of education. It will also give them the chance to think through, apply and evaluate strategies for leading change.


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. Many AEL students gain promotion during their course of study.


The applied nature of the course course prepares and supports students for transition into more senior leadership roles in education; for those in senior positions, it helps to develop their leadership of their institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership for the Learning Community
  • Learning and Managing Educational Change and Improvement
  • Developing Personal Leadership Skills
  • Exploring Educational Policy
  • Finance and Resource Management
  • Values, Vision and Moral Purpose

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

 The fee for this programme is set by, and payable to, the University of London. 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Applied Educational Leadership
University College London (UCL)


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