Educational Leadership (International) MBA

    • Full or part time
      Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Education Management Academic Studies in Education - Other Education Education - Other
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    • Course Duration
      2 years part time, flexible up to 5 years
    • 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.

    Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

    The programme consists of four compulsory modules (120 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Students with an NPQH qualification awarded no more than five years before the planned start date can claim recognition of prior learning to the value of 30 credits, and complete the compulsory modules (120 credits) and a report (30 credits).

    Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MBA in Educational Leadership (International).

    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 is subject to change.

    Compulsory modules

    • Strategic Leadership and Resource Management
    • Leading People for Effective Learning
    • Executive Leadership in Educational Settings
    • Leading Education in the 21st Century

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules for this programme, but recognition of prior learning is given for successful completion of NPQH and/or NPQEL within five years of start of programme. NPQEL award holders will be exempt from studying compulsory module 'Executive Leadership in Educational Settings'.

    Visit the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

    Dissertation/research project

    Students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a research dissertation (20,000 words). Students with an NPQH qualification awarded no more than five years before the planned start date can claim recognition of prior learning and complete a research report instead of a dissertation (10,000 words). 

    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 actives online between sessions, with the remaining study time comprising independent study and assignment preparation.

    Additional costs

    For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


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    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.


    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.

    Why study this degree at UCL?

    The research and development work carried out by the Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) at the 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.


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

    Department: Learning & Leadership

    Visit the Educational Leadership (International) MBA page on the University College London web site for more details!

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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. All applicants must have relevant professional experience.