Educational Leadership (In-service) MA UCL (University College London)



Course info


The MA Educational Leadership in-service route is for those who already have leadership experience and are looking to build on this experience through academic study. Your experience can include a range of settings and can be in middle or senior roles. The programme will enable you to reflect on relevant and contemporary theory and evidence and to relate this to your own practice, helping you to become an effective leader of learning and change.

You will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and be encouraged to identify and extend your personal leadership capabilities in the education sector. There is also a close focus on how you can improve the quality of learning and teaching for the student body you will be serving as an educational leader.


The in-service route is a proven programme which you will find invaluable when enhancing your current or planned future role as a senior leader in the education sector. The deep engagement with the education leadership field will provide you with an excellent platform for career advancement.


Although academic in focus the programme is practical in terms of application, allowing you to develop the potential to lead staff, work with teams, address occupational issues of supporting and challenging motivation, lead change, assess research claims and develop research-engaged education organisations and/or systems. You will also explore wider philosophical and value stances which are particularly pertinent in working in a truly global context.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Educational Leadership (In-service) MA.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£23,300.00 (24,00,990) per year




UCL (University College London)

Gower Street,



WC1E 6BT, England

Entry requirement for international students

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or overseas qualification is required. Applicants must have two years' leadership experience in an educational setting, including experience of leading other educators. This commonly will be in a school, university or childcare setting, but applicants will be accepted from a wide range of educational institutions, organisations and occupations, such as: leaders and managers in schools and colleges; educational consultants or those who work for national or regional government in a planning, development or inspection role. Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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