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Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Teaching and Education




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Course summary

This course is for those already in leadership positions in education, and those who aspire to leadership roles.  

The course tackles issues directly related to the current field of national and international education. It challenges you to develop deeper critical thinking around how to meet the needs of policy and the needs of your students and staff.  

You will work through the process of initiating and driving change at an individual, group and/or organisational level.  

You will also learn how to adapt your communication strategies and techniques for developing new behaviours and attitudes. In short, the course aims to equip you with the skills to lead the development of others.

You may have already completed National College Leadership courses, which you can use to gain credits towards the MA Leadership in Education. This course is designed to either build on these programmes or stand alone. 

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Designed for leadership

The course is designed specifically for people already in leadership positions and those who are working towards this goal.

Contemporary relevance

The focus on change management directly relates to the current field of education.

Technology enhanced learning

Some modules have been designed using online materials and innovative mobile applications, providing flexible ways to manage your learning.

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What we're researching

John Macklin, leader of the MA Leadership in Education, carries out research into leadership in schools in relation to complexity theory.

Elsewhere in the department,  Warren Kidd, PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning. 

Dr Wayne Tennent, who teaches on the MA Education course, is an expert in reading comprehension, having written two books on the subject and led numerous projects in schools which have demonstrated impact on pupil achievement in this area. He works extensively with the United Kingdom Literacy Association.

The research of Nicole Whitelaw and Julie Gariazzo, both of whom teach on the MA Special Educational Needs course, is in the area of autism.

Our Professional Doctorate (EdD) course draws on the input of researchers from across the Cass school of Education and Communities. It is led by Dr Gerry Czerniawski, who has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice.

A founder member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFoTED), he serves on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and is chair of BERA's British Curriculum Forum. Gerry is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

John Macklin

Leadership in Education, Course Leader

Leadership is about setting a direction, having vision for quality teaching and learning whilst also having the flexibility to adjust to our ever changing times, and not just following a framework regardless of context.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below are some the funding available to support you in your studies:

  • Alumni Discount - 15% fee waiver
  • Early Payment Discount - 5% fee waiver
  • Asylum Seeker scholarship - 100% fee waiver
  • Civic Engagement - £1,000
  • Harship bursary - up tp £2,000
  • Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
  • Team UEL - £1,000

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There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages ( for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.


All applicants should already be in employment.

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

The teaching year is divided into three terms of roughly equal length.  A typical student registered in a part-time attendance mode will study one module per term.  The dissertation module takes two terms to complete.


  • Leading Change (core)
  • Reflecting upon Leadership in Education (option)
  • Developing Leadership Capability for Change (option)
  • International education systems and the strategic leader (option)
  • Dissertation (core)

How you'll be assessed

Due to the practical nature of the course, there are no examinations. We assess you on your coursework for the PG Cert and PG Diploma modules and on your dissertation for the award of MA. Each module assessment will typically be a single submission portfolio of 5,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 14,000 words.

Course specification

How you'll learn

The course integrates theory and practice so you can personalise your learning and address areas of interest and challenge in your own work. 

It focuses on collaborative learning so, as you address current issues and problems, you are supported by the strength of collective knowledge, experience and expertise.
The course includes face-to-face seminars as well as collaborative activities and discussions in a virtual learning environment.

We teach face-to-face modules in the evening, to fit around your work patterns. Two of the modules are delivered through distance learning. Learning on these modules will be supported by a mobile application, which will guide you through the readings and assessment tasks.

Course Leader John Macklin has been a peer mentor to local authority leaders and deputy leader of a London borough.

He says, “There’s a distinction between leadership, leading and management. A leadership position is a strategic role rather than the operational role that a manager carries out. Good leaders will probably use a combination of leadership and management skills.

What you'll learn

This part-time course will give you an understanding of how to foster and develop change within your organisation, as well as the ethical implications of change. 

Focused on helping you to develop your personal theories, vision and values in relation to leadership, all modules are designed to link theory and practice. This enables you to evaluate and apply your knowledge of leadership and to develop research-informed practice.

As well as considering different types of change, the core module, Leading Change, looks at the psychology of change and the way people respond emotionally to feedback on their performance. 

This forms a key part of managing change effectively. You will also gain a clearer understanding of how change impacts on individuals and teams within an organisation. 

Other modules focus on developing leadership capability for change, and on national and international contexts. 

The final module is a dissertation, where you carry out a research project focused on an area relevant to you and your work.

Your future career

The learning during this course will help you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of senior leaders in schools and other organisations in the area of education.  

This MA degree demonstrates that you are able to think and function at master’s degree level, which means you are more likely to be selected and recruited for promotion. 

You will develop research skills on this course that are also highly sought after in the current climate. You will be aware of future challenges to your context and how to align the organisation to meet these challenges

While this is a newly validated course, Course Leader John Macklin has taught leadership modules on other UEL courses. Participants in these modules have been promoted to leadership roles, thanks to the understanding and learning they have gained.

They were better able to pitch their presentations and interview answers to the specific challenges faced by the recruiter, and they were able to bring an academic focus to them.

Your future role may be as a member of a school’s senior leadership team, but the knowledge and skills that you will develop will be just as applicable to organisations outside of education.

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