Educational Leadership (International) MBA

    • Full or part time
      Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
      Part time - £10,600
    • Course Disciplines
      Education Management Academic Studies in Education - Other Education Education - Other
    • Course Start
    • Course Duration
      2 years part time, 5 years flexible
    • MBA Program Type

    About This MBA Program

    Course Description

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    The degree is for senior leaders in education in all phases of provision, from pre-school settings through to those working at the tertiary level, as well as those with a system-wide role. Participants are usually in or aspiring to executive leadership roles, which we define as having responsibility for multi-part or multi-site educational organisations.

    About this degree

    This programme provides you with the opportunity to develop as a strategic thinker, a leader of learning and educational improvement and a manager of resources, exploring important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, teaching and learning.

    Who this course is for

    This programme is suited to senior and aspiring executive leaders across a wide range of educational contexts and sectors, as well as those within local authority, consultancy and policy-making roles.

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    What this course will give you

    The research and development work carried out by the Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society has an outstanding reputation. The department is at the forefront of promoting new knowledge for and about leadership, nationally, and internationally.

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

    The Educational Leadership (International) MBA provides a full overview of contemporary education leadership issues and will allow you to apply that theory and research to practice.

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    The foundation of your career

    This Master's degree provides the opportunity for you to:

    • develop as a strategic thinker, leader of learning and educational improvement, and manager of resources
    • explore important national and international debates in and around educational reform, leadership, and teaching and learning.


    Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

    • executive leaders and trustees of academies and multi-academy trusts
    • headteachers/Principals of state-maintained, independent and international schools
    • heads of early childhood settings
    • senior education consultants working within national and international contexts
    • local authority leaders
    • senior leaders aspiring to executive leadership roles in education
    • heads of section/departments in Higher Education institutions


    The MBA was revised in 2018 to ensure the learning outcomes were aligned to AMBA guidelines.

    Teaching and learning

    This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, online materials and tutorial support involving module leaders and guest speakers. Assessment is through assignment submission and final dissertation. The programme is delivered through intensive two-day contact periods and tutorial support can be offered in person or online.

    Each taught module consists of two blocks of teaching (normally full days on Fridays and Saturdays) which take place about a month apart. There are normally additional compulsory activities online between sessions, with the remaining study time comprising independent study and assignment preparation.


    Compulsory modules

    Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

    Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MBA in Educational Leadership (International).


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    Entry Requirements

    A second-class UK Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or equivalent senior leadership experience. Applicants who have earned the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) certificate within the last five years will gain 30 credits towards the MBA. Applicants who have successfully completed the National Professional Qualification Executive Leadership (NPQEL) certificate within the last five years will be exempt from compulsory module LCLL0064 - Executive Leadership in Educational Settings. All applicants must have relevant professional experience.