Taught course


UCL - University College London · Learning and Leadership

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and two years' leadership experience or, if you do not have such experience, we will ask you to demonstrate how your professional role(s) have enabled you to understand organisations and leadership, and how this programme may benefit your future career objectives. 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 Leadership MA will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice. It will encourage students to reflect on and challenge their practice as an educational leader or manager. Students will investigate how the intersections of policy and practice influence leaders and managers of schools, institutions and systems, and examine how leaders and managers can improve the quality of teaching and learning.

The quality, depth and breadth of the Department of Learning and Leadership research and development work is borne from its excellent reputation. Not least for promoting new knowledge for and about leadership, in London, nationally and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership for improving the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months


Teaching is delivered through face-to-face teaching, facilitation, multi-media presentations and activity-based learning. Each module is supported by materials on our virtual learning environment. The programme is assessed through coursework and the dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214