36 months
12850 GBP/year
12850 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you are in a leadership or management role in education and are looking to further your career - whether in schools, higher education, consultancy or edu-business , this Applied Educational Leadership programme from University of London is the ideal degree for you. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


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.

By studying this course, you will:

  • improve your understanding of educational management and leadership;
  • be able to apply theory and research in your current role;
  • foster your continuing professional development through reflection on practice;
  • contribute towards improvement of educational systems and institutions and reflect on the quality of learning and teaching.

Career opportunities

This Applied Educational Leadership programme from University of London  is ideal both for those currently working in school leadership positions looking to advance their career, and in the wider field of education to pursue managerial, policy or consultancy roles.

The AELM programme has gained recognition for the International Baccalaureate advanced certificate in leadership research.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leading and managing educational change and improvement 
  • Leadership for the learning community
  • Finance and resource management 
  • Developing personal leadership skills 
  • Exploring educational policy
  • Values, vision and moral purpose 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits
  • A participant awarded the PGDip will have accumulated 120 UK credits
  • A participant awarded the PGCert will have accumulated 60 UK credits


  • Self-paced

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

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in any subject (e.g. bachelor) comparable to a UK second-class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.
  • At least two years’ experience as professionals in an educational setting, including experience of leading other educators. This is commonly a school, university or childcare setting, but we accept applicants from a wide range of educational institutions. As this is an applied course linking theory to practice, we also expect that you will remain in a leadership position throughout your studies. 

Technological requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • Total MA: £12850
  • Total PGDip: £10090
  • Total PGCert: £5690
  • Total per standalone course: £2570


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
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