Taught course

Evaluation, Inspection and Educational Improvement

UCL - University College London · Learning and Leadership

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, plus at least two years' relevant work experience. Those who do not meet these criteria must show an ability to meet the demands of the programme through a qualifying assignment, to be agreed by the Programme Leader. 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: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Evaluation, Inspection and Educational Improvement MA will deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of evaluation, inspection and education improvement models and frameworks. It will enable them to critically evaluate emerging ideas and help them to consider the importance of values, equality, human rights and international perspectives when furthering their understanding of inspection and evaluation systems and practices.

The quality, depth and breadth of research and development work carried out at the Department of Learning and Leadership has an outstanding reputation. The department is at the forefront of developing research and new knowledge for and about school inspections, school evaluation and school improvement, in London, nationally and internationally.

The programme enables students to become thought leaders in evaluation, inspection and educational improvement driving careers as effective professionals, in this very competitive field.

The programme offers a number of guest lectures by high-profile professors, as well as practitioners (particularly senior HMIs).

Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months


Teaching is delivered by distance for which online materials (literature and examples) are provided. Each session includes specific tasks which require students to reflect on the literature and have online discussions with peers. There are also opportunities for Skype (group) discussions/tutorials or QandA. The assessment of each module includes written and online assignments linked to participants' own inspection practice, and a dissertation or report.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214