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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Education (Educational Leadership and Improvement) part-time is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

The route is aimed at a wide UK and international audience including practitioners studying part-time as well as full-time students. It is of relevance and interest to teachers (i.e. middle and senior leaders, heads/principals, specialist and system leaders, governors and administrators), as well as to graduate students with the relevant career experience (see below) who are interested in the area of educational leadership and improvement. We draw on participants' wide range of experiences, and students pursue their particular interest by undertaking an individual empirical research project.

Candidates applying for the route would normally be expected to have been in a teaching or educational role for at least three years, and to have experience of exercising leadership beyond the classroom – often but not exclusively through formal positions of responsibility.

University Minimum Academic Requirements

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110


Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?

Key Information

24 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.