MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
Continue your leadership journey
by doing a master’s with one of our
leading partner universities

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
We are proud to be working with the following institutions who have independently designed a suite of
masters’ degrees.

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
Introduction ............................................................................. 4
Master’s degree overview...................................................... 5
Course outlines ....................................................................... 8
    Birmingham City University......................................................8
    Canterbury Christ Church University ....................................10
    Northumbria University..............................................................13
    Sheffield Hallam University.......................................................15
    UCL Institute of Education........................................................17
How to apply.............................................................................21

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
I’m delighted to introduce you to the Teach First
Master’s degree handbook. Created by our partner
universities, the master’s degree is designed to further
develop your effectiveness and impact as a teacher
and a leader. Choosing to take advantage of
this additional professional development opportunity
will help you: develop core knowledge for teaching;
formally reflect on practice; and inform evidence-based
change and innovation in your school and
across society.

The master’s is delivered by Bath Spa University,
Birmingham City University, Canterbury Christ
Church University, the Institute of Education at
University College London, University of Manchester1,
Northumbria University and Sheffield
Hallam University,

This document explains the structure and details of
the master’s degree at each university, the financial
arrangements and the registration process.

We’re dedicated to developing the leadership needed
to address the stubborn educational inequalities
that exist. That’s because knowledgeable, research-
informed and critically-reflective participants, benefit
pupils from low-income communities.

We hope you’ll consider taking this opportunity to
benefit both yourself and your continued contribution
towards the Teach First vision.

Reuben Moore
Executive Director for Programme Development
Teach First

1 Teach First participants who’ve completed their PGDE
with the University of Manchester have the option to study
for a MA Leadership in Learning with the University of
Manchester. For more information about this option, contact
Paul Armstrong or Stephen Rayner at the University of
Manchester / stephen.

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
You have the opportunity to work towards a master’s       Participants in Wales
degree specifically designed to further develop your
ability to lead in the classroom and school, and in the
                                                          For Teach First participants in Wales, please contact
wider education sector.
                                                          the team in Wales on 020 3862 8710 or
Our university partners are leaders within the fields
of education and leadership. Each university has
independently designed a master’s degree that is          “I see the master’s as a continuation
offered to Teach First participants as an additional
opportunity. You can choose to study with any of our
                                                          of the Leadership Development
partner universities on the next page (except where       Programme and something which
explicitly stated). All offer very competitive fees.      will open extra doors for me to
Please note, some universities offer distance learning,   enable my contribution to the Teach
which allows you to combine your studies with work or     First vision whether that be within a
other commitments.
                                                          classroom, from a policy perspective
                                                          or elsewhere.”

MASTER'S DEGREE HANDBOOK - 2017 COHORT - Continue your leadership journey by doing a master's with one of our leading partner universities - My ...
University               Master’s title          transferable Course structure                                      Course delivery method                                                Cost

Bath Spa University      Further details to follow subject to validation

                                                                                                                    The programme starts with a taught session or sessions. Face-
                                                                                                                    to-face delivery of the initial inputs will be on a weekend (either
                         MA Education                                                                               a conference weekend or on two Saturdays).
Birmingham City
                         – Leadership in         120               60 credit dissertation module                                                                                          £2,334
University                                                                                                          Induction to working and writing at master’s level for a
                                                                                                                    dissertation will form part of the initial input and this will take
                                                                                                                    place in late September.

                                                                                                                    Whole-day research methods seminar held in the following
                                                                                                                    locations (students choose which event to attend):
                                                                   Research Methods (compulsory, non-credit           • Medway (CCCU Medway Campus)-21/09/19                              £2,350
                         MA Transformational                       bearing course, prior to research project)                                                                             (20% discount is
Canterbury Christ                                                                                                     • South Coast (Southampton)-28/09/19
                         Leadership              120                                                                                                                                      available for those who
Church University                                                  Supervised Research Project Dissertation (60
                         (Teach First)                                                                                • East of England (Ipswich)-28/09/19                                completed their PGDE
                                                                   credits at Level 7)                                                                                                    at CCCU)
                                                                                                                    Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.
                                                                                                                    Distance-learning option available

                                                                                                                    Five lectures delivered in the evenings (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
Northumbria              MA Education in                                                                            between September and March.                                          £2,330 per
                                                 120               60 credit dissertation module
University               Leading in Learning                                                                                                                                              60 credits
                                                                                                                    Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.

                                                                                                                    Three days of lectures and seminars on Saturdays.

                         MA Leadership in                                                                           These are likely to be in September, November/December and
Sheffield Hallam                                                                                                    February/March.
                         Learning                120               60 credit dissertation module                                                                                          £2,400
                         (Teach First)                                                                              Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.
                                                                                                                    Distance-learning option available

                                                                                                                    Core module taught in the autumn term (Oct – Dec 2019) over           1 year: £4,290
                         MA Educational                            30 credit core module + 60 credit dissertation
UCL Institute of                                                                                                    ten weekly three-hour evening sessions.
                         Leadership               90               module Or 30 credit core module + 30 credit                                                                            2 years: £2,080
                         (Teach First)                             report + 30 credit optional module               Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.

                                                                                                                    Three days of lectures and seminars on Saturdays.
                                                                                                                    Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.
University of            MA Leadership in
                                                 120               60 credit dissertation module                    These are likely to be in September, November/December and            £3,166
Manchester*              Learning
                                                                                                                    Ongoing support with assigned supervisor/tutor.

*Teach First participants who have completed their PGDE with the University of Manchester have the option to study for a MA Leadership in Learning with the University of Manchester. For more information
about this option contact Paul Armstrong or Stephen Rayner at the University of Manchester /
Structure                                                     “My dissertation helped me
                                                              understand the way my students’
The master’s is a part-time, optional commitment. It          saw the world and the impact I had
takes a minimum of one academic year to complete.
The degree builds on your Postgraduate Diploma                on their understanding of themselves
in Education and Leadership (PGDE) with Qualified             and those around them. It also
Teacher Status (QTS).                                         helped me place myself within a
                                                              much larger global community
The programmes utilise and have been designed to
take advantage of work you have already undertaken            and understand how to reduce or
on the Leadership Development Programme. This                 eliminate patterns of behaviour and
includes the achievement of the PGDE which gives
you between 90 and 120 credits (dependent on
                                                              prejudices within myself.”
institution) to transfer to a master’s degree. All the
providers offer a 60-credit dissertation module,              		                        Emma Sheppard, 2010 cohort
however the exact structure of the degree varies
between them- some include additional sessions,
modules and/or non-credit bearing modules. See the
individual university course outlines for the full details.   Terms and Conditions
                                                              Admission of students to the master’s degree will be
“I was able to research something                             at the sole discretion of the university provider and will
that was directly relevant to my                              be subject to you meeting the relevant university entry
professional experience in the                                criteria. You will be solely responsible for completing
                                                              all enrolment procedures required by your university;
classroom…I found it incredibly                               for meeting all deadlines relating to the master’s
energising to take a step back and be                         degree; and for all other communications with your
                                                              university. Please note that the university you enrol
able to research and write about the                          with will have terms and conditions - you will need to
professional issues you are otherwise                         comply with these.
caught up in on a day-to-day basis.”
			                                                           Teach First bears no liability to students or applicants
                                                              with respect to the programmes outlined in
		               Katherine Ingham, 2010 cohort                this document.

See the individual university course outlines for more
information on costs. The university will invoice you
directly - Teach First is not involved in this process.
Fees will be paid to the university in line with the
university’s policies.

Birmingham City University

 Master’s title                        MA Education – Leadership in Learning

 Programme Director                    Neil Sheasby

 Lead Administrator                    Nathan Hawkins

 Contact telephone                     0121 331 7699

 Contact email               


Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and       A range of masters’ programmes are available,
increasingly popular place to study, with around         including a Master’s in Educational Leadership which
24,000 students from 80 countries. We put students       is offered to Teach First ambassadors who have
at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best   completed their Postgraduate Diploma in Education
opportunities for future success. The university has     and Leadership (PGDE). We also offer a highly
an enviable reputation for providing quality,            successful taught Doctorate degree, as well as PhDs.
student-focused education in a professional and
friendly environment.
                                                         The School of Education and Social Work has held the
                                                         contract for the Teach First Leadership Development
Our staff and student community is defined by our        Programme PGDE in the West Midlands since 2013. It’s
core values, which outline who we are as a university    also held the contract for the East Midlands since the
and how we will work with each other. Our core values    introduction of the PGDE.
are excellence, people-focused, partnership working,
and fairness and integrity.

The School of Education and Social Work is one of
the largest providers of Teacher Education in England.
It offers an extensive portfolio of primary, secondary
and post-compulsory/Adult Initial Teacher Training
programmes at graduate-level and a significant
BA Primary with QTS programme. In 2019, it will be
launching an undergraduate secondary with QTS
programme in computing, physical education and
science (biology).

Three undergraduate degrees in education and
education-related fields are offered by the school
and a number of successful graduates from these
programmes go on to take a teacher-training

Course summary                                             The research focus for your dissertation will enable
                                                           you to draw on your work in school/education and
                                                           build on the knowledge and understanding
The MA Education- Leadership in Learning is a              you developed during your PGDE. It will be informed
programme specifically designed for Teach First            by the values and mission of Teach First.
ambassadors who have successfully completed their
PGDE on the Leadership Development Programme.              The master’s progression programme will start in
As someone who has already gained the PGDE,                September in the West Midlands (based at Birmingham
you will have 120 credits at master’s-level and we         City University) and the East Midlands (Nottingham). It’s
will recognise these through Advanced Standing/            open to all Teach First ambassadors who successfully
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) for    completed the PDGE, wherever you completed the
this master’s degree.                                      Leadership Development Programme.

You’ll undertake a 60-credit dissertation module.
At the beginning of the module, you’ll be brought          Finance
together as a group to have taught inputs to prepare
you to research and write your dissertation. Alongside     The cost of the 60-credit master’s dissertation module
this, there will be a focus on ethical issues and          is £2,334 (2019 commencement). The university
processes, so that you’re able to complete your            reviews its tuition fees on an annually basis.
dissertation proposal and submit the necessary ethical
approval document.
                                                           You’ll be sent an invoice by the finance department
                                                           once you’re fully enrolled on the programme. You’ll
You’ll be assigned a supervising tutor who will have       also receive guidance on how to pay (cheque or
a series of tutorials with you during your studies.        credit/debit card) in advance, along with the expected
These will be both face-to-face and by telephone/          schedule of payments (either the amount in full or
Skype. You’ll be expected to keep your tutor updated       two instalments).
on your progress.

 Application and enrolment
 Step    Date                           Details

                                        Application process opens for September 2019. You should check the
                                        university website ( and/or
 1       November 2018 onwards
                                        contact the Teach First Administrator (;
                                        0121 331 7699).

                                        Applications received and processed. Conditional offers made to
 2       January 2019 onwards
                                        applicants who meet the entry criteria.

                                        Following Institutional Final Examination Boards (which awards the PGDE
 3       July 2019                      to Teach First participants), successful completion of the PGDE will lead to
                                        a confirmation of the place on the programme.

                                        Programme handbook, including calendar for the master’s programme
 4       July/August 2019               made available to students. Guidance on enrolment sent and
                                        pre-enrolment requirements completed.

 5       September 2019                 Enrolment completed and programme starts.

Canterbury Christ Church University

 Master’s title                        MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First)

 Programme Director                    Anselm Fisher

 Lead Administrator                    Michelle Childs

 Contact telephone                     01227 767700 ext 3289

 Contact email               


Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is a            Modules:
major provider of teacher education in the South East.     • Research Methods (compulsory, non-credit-
We’re Teach First’s original university partner, having       bearing course, prior to research project).
welcomed its first cohort in 2003. As the current
                                                           • Supervised Research Project Dissertation (60
provider for the Teach First’s ITE and MA programmes
                                                              credits at Level 7).
in the South East, South Coast and East of England,
our influence spreads over a wide geographical area,
including a number of coastal challenge and priority       The MA Transformational Leadership (Teach
areas for improved education.                              First) at Canterbury Christ Church University has
                                                           been specifically designed to enable Teach First
The Faculty of Education works with thousands of           participants, who have successfully completed 120
education providers and partners, with a shared            Level 7 credits from the two-year Teach First PGDE,
vision of the transformative impact of education           to progress to a third-year, 60-credit research project
and life-long learning. These include early years          dissertation. Students choose their own focus for
settings, schools, colleges, galleries, museums,           research on a leadership theme.
charities, NGOs and community organisations. Our
world-leading scholarship supports the development         This supervised research project is ideal for Teach
of a critical understanding and appraisal of educational   First participants who occupy or aspire to a leadership
principles, theories, research, policies and practice.     and management position, at any level, in an
With our local, national and international partnerships    education context.
we can provide access to a unique range of expertise
and experience.
                                                           After completing a compulsory research methods
Inspired by our Anglican foundation and the belief in      seminar, all students are allocated a supervisor, who
the dignity of the human person, we seek to extend         will be in regular contact to support the different
the opportunity for all to learn and flourish.             stages of the research project. Supervisions can
                                                           be arranged as face-to-face meetings in groups or
                                                           individually, carried out online or over the phone.
Course summary                                             Typical tutorials may include aspects such as the
                                                           literature review, ethical clearance and data analysis.
Course duration: One year, part-time, with 120 credits     Supervisions are highly personalised to each student’s
being imported on to the master’s.                         personal and professional context and
Course requirements: You will have completed               geographical location.
120 credits at Level 7 through your PGDE on the
Leadership Development Programme.

Recent areas of research on the MA include:                 Teaching locations

•    the role of the middle leader in creating a positive   Canterbury Christ Church University is the provider of
     environment to improve student outcomes                the Teach First PGDE in the South East, South Coast
•    an evaluation of transformational leadership in the    and East of England. The introductory taught session
     implementation of mathematics mastery                  will take place in each of these regions. Following
                                                            the completion of this compulsory session, individual
•    the impact of school culture on staff retention
                                                            tutorial support will be arranged with your
•    leadership of physical education in the                supervising tutor.
     primary school
•    the evaluation of a student leadership programme
•    the perceived effects of selection at age 11           Finance
•    coaching as an intervention to promote progress,
     confidence and independence                            The cost of the MA Transformational Leadership
•    reflections on the implementation of collaborative     (Teach First) programme for 2019-20 is £2,350. If
     working in the secondary school.                       you’ve previously studied at CCCU, including the
                                                            Teach First Leadership Development Programme,
                                                            you’re eligible for a 20% discount on fees.
Our academic supervisors have extensive experience
of school and university leadership and are actively
engaged in local and international projects, academic       You’ll be sent an invoice by the finance department as
research and publications.                                  soon as you’re fully enrolled on the programme.

                                                            All home and EU students have the option to pay
External examiner feedback (2017):                          for their tuition fees in full at the start of their course,
“The assignments I saw exceed the typical                   in three termly instalments or in eight monthly
standards of similar M-level programmes at other            instalments. You can make payments and set up
UK higher education institutions. The standard of           payment plans via the website.
scholarship in the examined work reflected a high
level of quality at the master’s level.”                    International students can pay in full or termly at the
                                                            same site.
“…the course supports teachers and leaders to
incorporate and expand an enquiry rigour and
discipline to challenges of educational leadership
focused on aspects of students’ own professional
practice and contexts.”

Application and enrolment
Step   Date                          Details

                                     Applicants apply online through the course webpage.
1      January 2019 onwards

                                     Offers of places emailed, together with session date information. Offer
2      July 2019
                                     accepted by returning email.

                                     Once you’ve accepted the offer, you’ll be emailed a welcome letter and
                                     guidance of how to upload a photo for your student card, and how to
3      August 2019
                                     complete your pre-registration online. This information will be sent within
                                     40 days of the programme starting.

                                     You’re now able to see information on the student portal about
4      August 2019
                                     your registration event, induction and welcome to the programme.

                                     We combine the first session with welcome induction and registration. To
       September 2019 (deadline      register you need to bring a copy of your Teach First PGDE qualification
       for enrolling)                together with your identification.
       Session one – Induction and You’re now fully enrolled and will be invoiced by the university for your
       registration                course fees. You can organise to pay in full or in instalments (termly or
                                   monthly) over the academic year.

Northumbria University

 Master’s title                            MA Education in Leading in Learning

 Programme Director                        Dr. Mike Cole

 Lead Administrator                        Adam Fox

 Contact telephone                         0191 215 6176

 Contact email                   


The key aim of this programme is to establish the            Course summary
conditions and standards for improving substantive
knowledge, and to create a body of new and
emerging knowledge to inform and develop a wide              This programme is offered part-time. To enrol on it,
range of educational sectors, such as further and            you’ll need to be a professionally-qualified individual,
higher education, and schools.                               based in the UK and working largely in a
                                                             schools context.
Research supported by rigorous critical enquiry
                                                             The programme has been designed around the needs
and discourse will extend, develop and enhance
                                                             of Teach First ambassadors who’ve completed their
your ability to evaluate and judge the underlying
                                                             PGDE on the Leadership Development Programme
assumptions surrounding educational policy and
                                                             and are employed within schools.
practice. In addition, you’ll develop the capacity to
re-interpret practice through participation in the
                                                             Independent study is an important feature of
learning/teaching strategies employed throughout
                                                             the programme design. Adult-learning approaches,
the programme. Furthermore, you’ll develop critical
                                                             including work-based learning, let you tailor the
understanding of the inter-relationships between
                                                             programme to your own needs within your specialist
research, policy and practice, and their manifestations
                                                             area of practice.
in different settings and contexts.
                                                             We anticipate that you’ll maintain a timeline of your
Through the programme, you’ll develop the skills to          progress. This might include written records of
analyse, evaluate and synthesise data from a wide            supervision meetings, records of academic
range of sources. You’ll also learn how to use these         achievement and feedback, and perhaps reflective
skills to contribute new perspectives to a range of          notes on experiences and personal development
education themes-both in practice and policy.                during the programme. This will serve as a record
                                                             of achievement during the programme, and provide
You’ll also develop the critical reflective abilities that   evidence to others - such as employers - on the
will allow you to take an entrepreneurial approach to        benefits individuals and their organisations have
your ongoing career development within your                  gained from it.
chosen sector.
                                                             Although students are likely to be in current
                                                             employment, there is significant evidence that
                                                             the programme enhances career opportunities.

You’ll complete a 60-credit dissertation module,          of perspectives and educational contexts, and
WB0716 Work Based Project. The project module             developing your collaborative working skills.
provides a common framework for undertaking               A supervisor with appropriate experience and
master’s level research using work-based Learning         expertise will be allocated to provide support and
Project approaches. You’ll customise the project          supervise you through your dissertation project. All
throughout the selection of the research question and     teaching/tutoring staff on the programme are qualified
apply this to the discipline of education. Throughout     teachers and practitioners with substantial experience
your engagement with the programme, you’ll be             in the sector.
encouraged to develop your learning through peer
and tutor interaction, either face-to-face or through     This will be assessed through a dissertation
electronic communications, e.g. email.                    (15,000 words).

You’ll be supported throughout the programme by           Finance
the programme leader and a guidance tutor, who
will monitor progress and provide individual and
                                                          The total cost for the 60-credits module (dissertation)
group guidance as necessary. Tutorial support will be
                                                          is £2,330.
directed at problem solving, as well as helping you
develop understanding of issues and questions
covered in the programme, and relating them to your
own professional experience. Peer support is also
important in developing understanding from a range

 Application and enrolment
 Step   Date                           Details

 1      April 2019                     Submit online application form.

 2      From April 2019 onwards        Application reviewed by the Programme Leader.

 3      Late August/Early              If accepted, you’ll receive enrolment details and enrol online.
        September 2019

 4      September 2019                 Master’s course begins.

Sheffield Hallam University

 Master’s title                          MA Leadership in Learning (Teach First)

 Programme Director                      Sarah Lawson

 Lead Administrator                      Tony Quixley

 Contact telephone                       0114 225 5555

 Contact email                 


The content of the master’s will reflect the values,         Course summary
vision and distinctive nature of Teach First and build
on the structure and content of the Leadership
Development Programme and the PGDE.                          Teach First ambassadors will complete one research
                                                             project module of 12,000 words worth 60 credits.

The course engages you in critical and reflective
ways of thinking about education. You will be able to        Entrants with PGCE Teach First will complete an
develop your specific interests further by applying          additional two modules in one year before embarking
the concepts taught on the course to your own area           on the final year above.
of interest. With a focus on the social justice values
and vision of Teach First, the course will empower           You’ll undertake an original piece of research related
you through informed critical reflection to develop,         to your own professional and personal interest in
influence and/or lead practice and policy in your            leadership in learning. The module aims to deepen
current and/or future contexts.                              your understanding of research concepts, tools and
                                                             applications within the context of developing your
We’ll encourage you to establish an authoritative            knowledge of leadership. By undertaking a largely
voice, founded on a broad and deep knowledge base            autonomous substantive research-based project,
that draws on theoretical and research literatures,          you’ll learn how to develop your own research and
policy and policy critiques, practice guidance and           leadership practice.
practitioner networks. You’ll be challenged to question
your own and others’ values and assumptions in order         There are three days of lectures and seminars, on
to promote socially fair policy, and inclusive and ethical   Saturdays, timed to correspond with arising need to
practice, in education. You’ll also be equipped to           support the introduction and design of the project,
evaluate evidence and undertake research related to          mid-review and pre-submission. These are likely to be
your own interests and vision.                               in September, November/December and February/
                                                             March. Field experts will present on these dates.
                                                             There’ll also be opportunities to debate and discuss
                                                             themes, to network, and to receive dissertation
                                                             support. We’ll provide ongoing supervisory support,
                                                             allocated by specialism.

Submission of the dissertation will be in the Summer,   Finance
date to be confirmed.
                                                        The total cost for the 60-credits module (dissertation)
The master’s programme will commence in September       is £2,400.
2019. It’s open to all Teach First ambassadors who
successfully completed the PGDE, regardless of
where you completed the Leadership Development

Application and enrolment
Step    Date                          Details

1       January 2019 onwards          Complete application process.

        Within three weeks of         Response sent and conditional offers made, enrolment/continuation
        application                   information sent.

3       July 2019                     Place confirmed following successful completion of PGDE.

4       September 2019                Course begins.

UCL Institute of Education

 Master’s title                         MA Educational Leadership (Teach First)

 Programme Director                     Dr Ruth McGinity

 Lead Administrator                     Fathia El-Ghorri

 Contact telephone                      0207 612 6615

 Contact email                

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is the world’s         completing their Postgraduate Diploma in
leading centre for research and teaching in education       Education and Leadership as part of the Leadership
and related social science, ranked first for education      Development Programme.
for the fifth year running in the QS World University
Rankings by Subject (2018).
                                                            You’ll take modules that add up to a total of 90
                                                            credits. This can be one core module (30 credits) and
The IOE is home to the greatest concentration of            a dissertation (60 credits); or one core module (30
expertise and specialism within education anywhere in       credits), a report (30 credits) and an optional module
the world. We undertake around a quarter of                 (30 credits).
the funded education research carried out in UK
universities. We’re unique in covering all aspects and      The MA can be completed either full-time (1 year),
stages of education, as well as children and families,      part-time (over 2 years) or flexibly (over 1-5 years). The
and international development. This is reflected in our     core module is taught in the autumn term (October –
unrivalled range of more than 100 master’s, doctoral        December 2019) over ten weekly, three-hour evening
and teacher training programmes.                            sessions, and introduces some of the basic concepts
                                                            of educational leadership. It looks at the global and
We are located in the heart of London and work with         national context for education, and examines theories,
some of the most diverse and exciting urban schools         models and concepts related to leading change in
in the world. Our students benefit from and contribute      schools and school systems.
to this success, accessing our partnerships with more
than 600 London schools, which support teacher
                                                            You’ll complete a dissertation (or report) in the final
education, professional development and collaborative
                                                            stage of the programme. This takes the form of an
research and development projects. Students also
                                                            original piece of research on educational leadership.
benefit from the activities of our research centres,
which offer opportunities to collaborate with world-
renowned academics and sector specialists across all        Teaching is delivered through face-to-face teaching,
aspects of education.                                       facilitation, multimedia presentations and activity-
                                                            based learning. Each module is supported by materials
                                                            on our virtual learning environment. The programme
Course summary                                              is assessed through written assignments, typically of
                                                            5,000 words, and a dissertation of 20,000 words.
The IOE offers the MA Educational Leadership
(Teach First) to enable Teach First ambassadors to gain
a master’s level- degree qualification after successfully

Module 1: Leading and Managing Change and                   Module 1. You’ll gain an understanding of:
Improvement (30 credits)
This is a core taught programme and includes                  • the key methodological skills used in educational
contributions from guest speakers who are recognised            leadership and management research
internationally as experts in their fields. Taking this
module will expand your critical awareness of cutting-        • how to deal with the methodological and ethical
edge educational research on school leadership,                 issues you’ll encounter when conducting school-
innovation and change, and how this applies to                  based research.
leadership practices within your school and across the
education system more broadly.                              There is no taught component to this module. You’ll
                                                            be supported by up to two cohort sessions, plus
The module will be based around the following               individual supervision.
three themes:
                                                            You are required to submit a research proposal (2,500
  • Theories and practice of leadership.                    words) and apply for ethics approval before you
                                                            conduct your research. To complete this module, you
  • Educational change and school improvement.              will be required to submit a 20,000 word (with 10%
  • Social, policy and community contexts of leading        margin) dissertation.
    for improved student outcomes.
                                                            Module 2: Report (30 credits)
This module is taught over ten weekly three-hour            As above, the report option requires you to undertake
evening sessions between October and December               a piece of research within any area of educational
2019. It includes input from Institute academics and        leadership, management, and policy, and you are
visiting speakers, alongside group discussions and          required to apply for ethics approval before you
activities. As part of the assessment, you’ll submit a      conduct your research. To complete this module, you
5,000 word essay of a case study of change.                 will be required to submit a 10,000 word (with 10%
                                                            margin) report.
Please note this module is delivered on the main MA
Educational Leadership programme, so the cohort will        If you opt for the report, you’ll also need to undertake
include students from Teach First as well as full and       a 30-credit optional module either from within the
part-time students on the main MA programme.                MA Educational Leadership suite of options, or from
                                                            other optional modules from across the Department of
Students must enrol for and complete the 30-credit          Leadership and Learning.
core Leading and Managing Change and Improvement
module in their first year.
                                                            Our ‘optional’ modules include: Doing and Using
                                                            Educational Leadership and Management Research;
Delivery dates: October-December 2019                       Leadership for the Learning Community and Leading
Assessment deadline: March 2020                             in Diverse Cultures and Communities.

Module 2: Dissertation (60 credits)                         Please note that the list of modules given here is
In this double module you’ll get the opportunity            indicative. This information is published a long time
and support to conduct research within any area of          in advance of enrolment and module content and
educational leadership, management, and policy. This        availability is subject to change.
will help you progress in your individual career choice,
whether it’s: within education, policy or private sector;   A minority of students will opt for other modules at
nationally: or internationally.                             UCL Institute of Education, subject to the availability
                                                            of places and the approval of the programme leader. If
This module provides an introduction to research            you opt for a report (30 credits), you can choose one
methods in the social sciences and builds links to the      module outside of the programme.
Leading and Managing Change and Improvement

Finance                                                   Who can apply?

The MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) route         The MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) route
requires students to complete 90 credits. The fees per    is only for Teach First ambassadors who have
year are:                                                 successfully completed their PGDE, either at the
                                                          UCL Institute of Education or at other participating
  • 1 year: £4,290 (UK/EU)
                                                          institutions (namely, Canterbury Christchurch, Bath
  • 2 years: £2,080 (UK/EU)                               Spa, Birmingham City, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam,
                                                          and University of Manchester).
If you’re registered as a modular student, your fees
will be generated and charged on Portico after you        You can transfer up to 90 credits from
have chosen your modules and the module selection         your PGDE onto the MA Educational Leadership
deadlines have passed. The fee is based on the credit     (Teach First) - you’ll need to provide evidence of
value of the modules you’re taking. This is worked        successful completing your PGDE when applying.
out by dividing the full-time fee by the total number
of credits your programme is made up of (in this case,    Students who have completed their PGDE at UCL
90 credits). If you change your module selection          IOE can transfer up to 90 credits including grades
during the academic year your fees will not update        achieved, which will count towards the overall MA
automatically. If modules are added or removed during     classification award. If you’re applying from
the year, please check your Portico account - if you      outside of UCL IOE, your PGDE grades won’t count
think your fees need to be re-calculated you should       towards your overall MA classification.
email the student fees office.
                                                          If you haven’t completed a PGDE, you’re very welcome
Fees increase for all continuing students every           to apply to the main MA Educational Leadership
year - this applies to full-time, part-time and modular   programme.
students. These increases reflect the increase in
cost to UCL in delivering the programme, such as
operational costs, market forces and inflation. Any
annual increases in the fees will not be more than 5%
per year.

You’ll be invoiced at the start of each academic
year and can pay for each yearly fee in
three instalments.

Students are ineligible for the Postgraduate Master’s
Loan from the Student Finance, so will need to
self-fund the tuition fees.

Application and enrolment
Step    Date                           Details

1       By 5 September 2019            Apply using the online form.

2       23 September 2019              Provide evidence of successful completion of PGDE.

3       30 September 2019              Enrol and pay first instalment of fees.

4       Early October 2019             Leading and Managing Change module starts.

You can find the link to the applications and further information on the UCL webpage.


HOW TO APPLY                                              If you have questions about enrolment or
                                                          the course itself, please don’t hesitate to contact the
                                                          university directly.

The master’s degree is a great opportunity for you to
                                                          “I relished the opportunity to
further develop your effectiveness and impact as a        continue learning whilst teaching.
teacher and leader.                                       Plus, having the qualification on
                                                          your CV will never hinder you –
There are key requirements you’ll need to complete
as part of any course. Please make sure you               regardless of your career choices
consider the opportunity carefully alongside any          after the Leadership Development
other responsibilities and understand the financial
commitments you will be making with your university.
                                                          		                 Katherine Ingham, 2010 cohort
The enrolment process is different for each university.
Although the master’s degree is linked to Teach
First, you’re applying to complete it with one of the
universities listed in this document. The programme
will be delivered solely by them. The universities
therefore have a right to refuse your application, so
please ensure you allow enough time to complete the
registration/enrolment and follow each step carefully.
The process may include some or all of the following:

  • completing a detailed application form
  • providing proof of your PGDE and degree
  • attending an induction

Once you’ve enrolled for a degree, you’ll be able
to access both the universities’ on-site facilities and
online library.

“I chose to focus the master’s on
my current situation in my school
and this has helped me bring clarity
to issues that the school is going
through…It has fed directly into work,
improved my approach to leading
change, and it can do the same for
you. Not least it can be a fantastic
boost to your CPD and build your
leadership CV.”

			 David Hewett, 2012 cohotrt

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