Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Educational Leadership

University College Birmingham · School of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements


  • MA Educational Leadership – A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • PGDip Educational Leadership – A grade classification of third-class is required, or international equivalent.
  • A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
  • To apply, you must have five years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students

For Academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience, please contact Admissions so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any questions, please send us an email:

Home and EU applicants: pg@ucb.ac.uk

International applicants: international@ucb.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Taking a leading role in education environments demands many different qualities, from versatility and innovation to mentoring skills and an inclusive outlook. With statistics showing staff are progressing ever more quickly into leadership positions over the past decade, our Educational Leadership postgraduate course will help you prepare for such higher level roles and equip you to stand out as a truly effective leader within the sector.

Our course will immerse you in the core elements of diversity, inclusivity, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), along with research, innovation and strategic leadership. You will learn how to critically analyse your current or future work environment and explore key concepts underpinning effective leadership within educational contexts, as well as coaching and mentoring within the workplace.

From mainstream schools to alternative provision, charities and community projects, our master’s degree in Educational Leadership reflects the wealth of education environments in which you may work, with placements incorporated into the course to allow you to apply the theory to your own context in order to meet your personal development aims. Delivery is also flexible, featuring a mixture of online sessions and face-to-face tuition to support your learning.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    6 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0121 604 1040