36 months
18660 GBP/year
7580 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MPhil/PhD Learning and Leadership programme at the University College London (UCL) provides a route for students to carry out their own research project: an investigation that will contribute to the field of knowledge within the field of education and beyond. 


Research students engage with the academic community both within our department and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and benefit from participation in the comprehensive IOE Research Training Programme. This Learning and Leadership programme offered at the University College London (UCL) is available to study both face-to-face and online.


IOE doctoral graduates are found in a wide range of occupational fields. Career paths include education professionals in a wide range of settings, university research and lecturing, policy development and senior officer roles in government and NGOs, policy and professional roles in both the wider public sector (including health, youth work, international development) as well as in the private sector (including business and retail).


Students develop general and specialist skills in research methodology, academic writing and presentation, as well as experience of engaging with a wide range of practitioners across different sectors of education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Curriculum leadership and innovation
  • Diversity, children’s rights
  • Early literacy, numeracy and science
  • Early years and primary / elementary education
  • Education policy and system reform
  • Inspection and accountability
  • Urban education
  • Play, creativity and the arts
  • Professional learning and research informed practice
  • School improvement
  • School and educational leadership
  • Special educational needs and inclusive education
  • Teacher development and wellbeing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. 
  • The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience. Students without a Master’s degree who have completed the UCL PGDip in Social Science Research Methods, obtaining a grade B or above in any two or more modules, may also be considered for admission to this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18660 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    7580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7580 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time

  • UK: £3,790
  • International: £9,370

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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