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Postgraduate study in Education Key points The University of London International Programmes The world-renowned Institute of Education About your study Applied Educational Leadership and Management (AELM) AELM programme information AELM module outlines Educational and Social Research (MRes) MRes programme information MRes programme timetable MRes module outlines Entrance requirements Gaining a prestigious University of London qualification Fees 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19

Key dates: Applied Educational Leadership and Management
Application deadline: 30 June Online induction module starts: September Registration deadline: 31 August Programme starts: September Examinations take place: May/June

Key dates: Educational and Social Research
Programme starts: Application deadline: Registration deadline: Online induction session starts: Start studying: Exams take place: October 30 June 31 Aug Sept Sept May/June January 31 Oct 30 Nov Dec Jan May/June

n Share professional expertise. n The programmes are developed by academics at the Institute of Education. . n Designed to suit individual needs and fit in with your lifestyle and work. n Work collaboratively online with other participants from diverse 3 Key points about studying postgraduate programmes in education by distance and flexible learning n Gain a University of London degree through the University of London International Programmes. education systems and international contexts.londoninternational. develop your research skills and apply the practical knowledge gained in your own professional while studying in your own country. University of London. one of the world’s leading centres for education studies and related social sciences.

Studying with the University of London is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. For more than 150 years. In 1858. both in the UK and internationally. or did not wish to. University of London and Professor Jonathan Kydd. Unique in its size. it has more than 50.000 students studying in over 190 countries.4 Postgraduate study programmes in Education The University of London International Programmes Welcome from Professor Geoffrey Crossick. Academics who teach and assess campus-based students develop and write the study materials for all our programmes. the University broke new ground by opening up its awards to those who either could not. the federation includes specialised Colleges such as the Institute of Education. while others such as UCL are multi-faculty. has been offering degree programmes to students worldwide. . Today. Ranging from education to management. As a family of world-class institutions. the University of London International Programmes (formerly known as the External System). come to London to study. all of our programmes are developed by academics within the University of London’s constituent Colleges. with the establishment of its International Programmes. This ensures that our awards are recognised worldwide for their quality and value. Dean. Vice-Chancellor. Robust quality assurance mechanisms have been endorsed by the Quality Assurance Agency – the UK’s independent body for safeguarding the quality and standards of Higher Education. We look forward to welcoming you into our global community of students and wish you every success. Its world-class federation of 19 Colleges and a number of smaller specialist Institutes provides an unrivalled range of education opportunities of outstanding breadth and quality. bringing The University of London is one of the leading universities in Europe. and from law to philosophy. It has always prided itself on being an international institution and its International Programmes demonstrates this inclusive outlook. and that students benefit from the academic rigour and cutting-edge research undertaken within the Colleges. University of London International Programmes the University to you through flexible and distance learning. the University has a reputation for academic distinction in teaching and research. They also set the exam papers and are responsible for marking the scripts.

Founded in 1902. subject rankings for education published in the Times Higher Education show that from a total of 82 UK universities 5 The world-renowned Institute of Education A postgraduate College of the University of London.075 £7.045 Applied Educational Leadership and Management (AELM) Educational and Social Research Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate . Based on the most recent evaluation of British research published in December 2008. higher degrees. research and consultancy in education and related areas of professional practice and the social sciences. the Institute is a world-class centre of excellence for teacher training.040 £ Thirty-five per cent of its research activity was rated as world-leading. They do not reflect any annual increase and represent the approximate total fee for the highest award. Programmes available Please note that the fees shown below are indicative only.londoninternational.970 £7. The Institute hosts over 200 research and consultancy projects at any one time.265 £3.www. Programme title Level offered MA Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate MRes Study period 3–5 years 2–5 years 1–5 years 2–5 years 2–5 years 1–5 years Fees £9.485 £5. the Institute of Education ranked in top place. the Institute of Education is the largest institution in the UK devoted to the study of education and related areas.

n Fits your finances Your overall costs are substantially lower than if you came to London to study full time. you can study whenever. Examinations normally take place in May/June. Generally. explore. or choose to take an individual module for your continuing professional development. relocation or accommodation costs. The study materials will be structured around key enquiry questions which you will be required to analyse. What’s more. which provides access to a wide range of resources and services. we expect that you will need to study for 10–15 hours per week. We have examination centres in over 190 countries worldwide. databases and referencing tools) and informal discussion areas. Study periods You have between one to five years to complete the Postgraduate Certificate. n Fits with your location You can study anywhere in the world and can choose where you are assessed. wherever and however you choose. you receive an individual study pack containing study materials written specifically for the programme by subject experts at the Institute of Education. Affiliate CMI membership Students on the AELM programme can become an Affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). a Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate.6 Postgraduate study programmes in Education About your study Flexible study Studying at a distance allows you a high degree of flexibility. share documents. studying collaboratively with your fellow students and an online tutor. You will have no travel. On average. and respond to through guided tasks and targeted readings. Here you can share insights and support each other as you progress through the programme. Assessment Your work will be evaluated through a combination of coursework and unseen written examinations. An online community Working from your own home and/ or place of work. On completion of the MA degree. The online environment also links to other resources such as the Online Library (which includes journals. Specially written materials As a registered student. and between two to five years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or MA/MRes (please note that there is a minimum three-year study period for the MA in Applied Educational Leadership and Management). you can continue working full time. n Fits your lifestyle You can fit your study around family and work commitments. students will be eligible to apply for fast track professional recognition (ACMI or MCMI with three years’ management experience). you will become part of a virtual learning community. n Fits your needs You can study for either a full MA or MRes degree. and interact with colleagues and tutors. The virtual learning environment allows you to access learning materials. .

ac. building on participants’ experiences. despite the fact that I had pursued postgraduate studies at Masters and PhD level in the past. Cyprus ‘As a true believer in the power of lifelong learning. At the end of this journey I feel my circle of colleagues and friends has expanded to include people from all over the world. contextualized 7 ‘The sharing of diverse perspectives as students work in different contexts facilitates critical learning and encourages an open mind in approaching leadership aspects. The course encourages situated. in which members – in spite of the geographical disparity and the physical distance – interact not only professionally but also socially. I found the course intellectually stimulating. The sharing of diverse perspectives as students work in different contexts facilitates critical learning and encourages an open mind in approaching leadership aspects.’ Yiasemina is now a tutor on the AELM modules ‘Leading and managing educational change and improvement’ and ‘Leadership for the learning community’. so I was excited to be offered the chance to also tutor for the two core modules.’ Yiasemina Karagiorgi Profile: Yiasemina Karagiorgi MA AELM graduate.londoninternational. I decided to take the MA in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the University of London. The online platform is really a learning community.www. Leadership community’ .

You will learn much from the course materials. from different countries. Improve yourself. and experience levels. and the wider educational community. is an important professional development facility for everyone working with children. sectors of education. your readings and the Virtual Learning Environment activities led by a knowledgeable and highly supportive tutor team.8 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Applied Educational Leadership and Management (AELM) An introduction from Liz Wood Programme Director The vibrant and diverse MA AELM has now been running for five years and is continuing to grow and develop to meet the changing education leadership challenges of the 21st Century. As Programme Director. It is a personal development programme for professional educators. learn collectively and gain the confidence to put new ideas into practice. You will reflect on key principles of theory and empirical research and will be encouraged to apply these principles to issues in your own working environment. a school of the Institute of Education. World-class teaching. I know that you will find the course both enriching and stimulating. A course for people who are passionate about education This interactive programme for professional educators is designed to be of international relevance. I can assure you that you will be joining a community. not just a course. MA AELM students come from all over the world. Every aspect of this programme has been designed by academics drawn from across The London Centre for Leadership in Learning. leading directly to institutional improvement as you draw on your experiences. It is for: n leaders and managers in schools and colleges n educational consultants n and those who work for national or regional government in a planning. as well as nationally and internationally. You will learn even more from sharing professional expertise with colleagues around the world. . research and consultancy The London Centre for Leadership in Learning. development or inspection role. improve your institution The course contributes to individual professional development and to institutional improvement. It also works in research and consultancy worldwide. young people and adult learners in London. What you all have in common is a desire to learn more about the ways in which your organisation can best serve the community within which it is situated. the Institute of Education as a whole.

teaching assistants and other educational practitioners based in every continent on the planet. the usual route through the MA is shown below: Year 1: core modules n Qualification received Certificate of Achievement Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Diploma MA What you must study One core or One optional module Both core modules Both core modules Two optional modules Both core modules Two optional modules A dissertation Profile: Dr Gerry Czerniawski MA AELM tutor. head 9 Programme information We allow you up to 5 years to complete your qualification. students tap into the wealth of expertise of those professionals from around the world who make up the student body. concepts and educational philosophies that ‘speak’ education at a global level to professionals working in different national settings.www. What is exciting is that this process is in constant flux as the teaching team work hard to update not only their resources but also the medium in which these resources are distributed. discuss and debate these ideas.000 words. United Kingdom ‘I am constantly amazed by the excellent range and quality of resources and expertise that students on this programme have access to. then expected to produce a Dissertation of 15. Students who have NPQH or a local alternative may request accreditation of prior learning for one optional module. providing an exciting and rich learning environment. In addition. There are few jobs that offer me the opportunity to chat with teachers. .londoninternational. via an excellent virtual learning environment. Gerry is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Education at the University of East vision and moral purpose n Year 3: Dissertation You will be given Research methods training. Teaching on the AELM ‘Exploring educational policy’ module is professionally invigorating. The fun starts when those very same professionals.’ Leading and managing educational change and improvement Leadership for the learning community Year 2: optional modules Choose two from the following: n September start n Finance and resource management n Developing personal leadership skills January start Exploring educational policy n Values. However. The module introduces theories.

its own institutional culture and the way power is distributed. . Leadership for the learning community This module starts by considering the question: what do we mean by learning? It then goes on to consider the implications for leaders and managers if they are to promote effective learning and the role of the wider community in supporting and enabling learning. The role of the staff within a school. and this module considers two ways in which human resource management links to learning and the implications of this for leaders and managers. the module considers the importance of practitioners both using available research evidence and data from outside and from inside the institution and system. Optional modules If you are studying on the MA or Postgraduate Diploma. Improve your understanding of financial management and the financial systems within which you operate. The key themes of institutional effectiveness and educational improvement and change are introduced in this module along with the related concept of evaluation. you will then choose two modules from the following options according to your interests and professional needs. The importance of continuing professional development for staff and the support and growth of learning communities is stressed. The implications of the changing division and allocation of power between national and regional government and the individual educational institution are considered. Finally. Students are made aware that most theories of leadership and management are ‘Western’ in nature and are encouraged to consider their applicability to their own cultural context. Finance and resource management Make your institution more efficient. budgeting and planning.10 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Module outlines Core modules Leading and managing educational change and improvement This module introduces some of the basic theories relating to leadership and management in educational settings and considers how they might work in a range of situations and national cultures. college or educational system is key to success. effective and equitable. The individual organisation is looked at from the point of view of its structures. Develop skills of costing.

londoninternational. vision and moral purpose Values and ethics are central to educational leadership and management.www. Gain personal skills such as time and stress management and action planning. Examine strategies for change and improvement of organisational culture. equity and social justice. Exploring educational policy For the first time the Institute of Education’s world-class expertise in education policy is being presented through distance learning. decisionmaking and conflict resolution. Work with others to develop a vision and mission for your organisation. Understand team building. Identify how your institution is affected by national and international policy and change. Improve your skills and insights as a leader and manager of people utilising a range of case studies. Gain new insights into your role. including initiatives of access. The dissertation provides the opportunity for an extended piece of writing that will be valuable to you and your institution and will also provide excellent experience if you wish to continue your studies at doctoral level. vision and moral purpose . Dissertation You will be supported by your tutor and through online seminars to develop a small research project on a topic of your choice related to educational leadership and management. Two modules (or a maximum of 60 credits) may be counted as credit towards a further related 11 Developing personal leadership skills This module builds on the theories presented in the core modules to develop leadership skills that will benefit your organisation. Modules are offered in September and January as follows: September modules: YEAR 1: Leading and managing educational change and improvement (Core module 1) YEAR 2: Finance and resource management OR Developing personal leadership skills January modules: YEAR 1: Leadership for the learning community in January (Core module 2) YEAR 2: Exploring educational policy OR Values. Individual modules: you can study any number of modules from the AELM programme as an individual module. Understand national and global forces and how they impact on you and your Moral philosophy is applied to real life situations to help you understand and examine your own values. Values.

the courses cover every aspect of social research: from project design and conceptualisation to data analysis and presentation. skills and confidence to interpret. History and Philosophy for undertaking research in educational settings n allow you to gain expertise in research procedures such as interviewing. and perform research in a variety of sectors. data analysis. or new to research. interactive courses in educational and social research provide an excellent opportunity for those working or interested in education to develop their research skills. The online nature of the course and its interactive teaching and learning style makes for a rich community of researchers and is an ideal forum for learning about and experiencing research. . All materials will be accessible online through our own secure Online Learning Environment. The course materials include audio and video presentations from international experts. Whether you are an experienced researcher. You will work closely with fellow students from around the world in a rich multicultural online environment. These courses enable you to study anywhere in the world. and writing n act as valuable preparation if you wish to undertake doctoral studies. as well as specially written texts and practical activities.12 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Educational and Social Research (MRes) An introduction from Dr Will Gibson Programme Director These online. expert tutors from the Institute of Education will work with you and help you to develop your own research agendas. evaluate and carry out research in any education-related setting n enable you to effectively work with. the public sector. For practitioners worldwide This comprehensive programme of research training will: n provide the necessary knowledge. Psychology. literature reviewing. n explore a wide range of disciplinary A customisable curriculum Developed in accordance with the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) guidelines on research practice. including industry. without compromising your personal or work commitments. The courses are designed to help you gain practical knowledge and advanced theoretical insights that you can apply in relation to your own interests. and the academic community approaches to educational research and the relevance of disciplines such as Sociology. The flexibility of these courses enables you to develop a study programme that suits your needs. from a full MRes through to individual modules that allow you to study a specific area of research. I very much look forward to welcoming you to our research community.

a Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent to 120 credits) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational and Social Research (equivalent to 60 credits). The MRes consists of the following modules: 30 credit modules – Approaches to educational research – Research methods – Research and the theoretical field 20 credit modules – Qualitative data analysis – Quantitative data analysis 10 credit modules – Writing and presenting educational research Dissertation* (40 credits) *can only be taken by students registered on the MRes MRes scholarship In previous years.’ www. it has been difficult to find prospects for solid professional you can take any module from this programme as an individual omres Individual modules: with the exception of ‘Writing and presenting educational research’. but I have been able to integrate the studies well into my continuing career. I hope to either continue teaching or continue my studies with more postgraduate work. If you wish to combine several individual modules you can build a programme of study that suits your individual research needs. Whichever way my career takes me. the Institute of Education has funded one student to undertake the full Online MRes.www. I will have a sound foundation as either a researcher or a teacher. India ‘Living and teaching in the foothills of the Himalayas.londoninternational. The programme has been challenging. When I eventually leave India and return to the United States.londoninternational. Please continue to check the MRes web pages for further updates and details including new application deadlines: Profile: David Boven Current MRes The International Programmes was a perfect chance to study for a world-class degree while remaining at my teaching position. The skills in analysis and synthesis have been stretched and I have enjoyed working with the other students on the course. Discussions are being held on the development of this scheme. A maximum of 60 credits may be counted as credit towards a further related award. It has also been a great opportunity to work on my research skills and apply them to my teaching. .uk/education 13 Programme information You can choose to study for: Masters of Research (MRes).

which will be due for submission at the end of the following February. Students who start in January follow the same timetable. The timetable shown opposite applies to students starting their study in October. January starters will also begin their dissertation in March of the second year. 30 20 Break/University holidays April 10 May June July Break/University holidays Quantitative data analysis continued Revision time/Exams 20 .14 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Programme timetable Date September October November December Break/University holidays January Year 1 Year 2 February March Break/University holidays April May June July Break/University holidays August August Writing and presenting educational research Revision time/Exams Research methods 30 Approaches to educational research Assessed modules Credits Date September October 30 November December Dissertation – 40 credits Break/University holidays January February March Qualitative data analysis Quantitative data analysis Quantitative data analysis Research and the theoretical field Assessed modules Credits Note: students will also have access to an online induction module to help them become familiar with the online environment. with the exception that they study ‘Approaches to educational research’ in the October after their first exams and ‘Research and the theoretical field’ in the October after their second set of exams.

it is possible to effect large changes in small steps. as it enabled me to hit the ground running. and it is the MRes that got me here. with strong fundamentals and intelligently designed flexibility. and presented my dissertation work via a talk at the university. even before I enrolled for the PhD. with strong fundamentals and intelligently designed flexibility.’ Shoba Vadrevu Profile: Shoba Vadrevu MRes graduate. Singapore ‘I found the MRes when I was searching for a course that would equip me with research skills so I could put together a proposal for a local PhD programme.’ . I’m so glad I did the MRes. It was like the course had been designed for 15 ‘It was like the course had been designed for me. It provided exactly the right environment for ideas to take shape. had a paper accepted at an international conference. I think I’ve found a place where I can make a difference. It provided exactly the right environment for ideas to take I had co-written a book chapter. None of this would have been possible without the confidence that the course had helped to develop. I plan to build a career in academia because I’m passionate about teaching and I believe that through research and writing that engages the wider community.londoninternational. I am now doing my PhD at the National University of Singapore.

observations. It also looks at the ways in which specific theoretical orientations may be put to work within research to form analytic orientations. conference presentations. and document analysis. Rhetorical Analysis and Conversation Analysis. and looks at how to match methods appropriately to research questions through reflections on the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Critical Discourse Analysis. The module provides a detailed consideration of the procedures involved in using these various research strategies. The module then looks at a variety of design strategies before examining some of the key methodological debates within these various designs. including questionnaires. The module introduces exploratory analysis. You will also create a portfolio of research ideas and projects to work with in subsequent modules. Our interactive support network of fellow students and research tutors give you the opportunity to discuss your research with other researchers. experience of applying and evaluating all of these methods and a broad understanding of the methodological issues of their application. The Dissertation module enables you to create and work in detail with an original piece of research. and modeling data by regression analysis. It looks at various approaches to organizing. focus groups. Quantitative data analysis covers a wide range of methods of quantitative data analysis and deals with both conceptual and practical aspects. representing and transcribing data and involves working with data in relation to a number of analytic traditions including Thematic Analysis. using and searching specialised literature sources. assumptions and debates and research ideas. including descriptive statistics for both summarising univariate data and measures of association for bivariate data. By considering a variety of forms of dissemination. Writing and presenting educational research provides you with a detailed understanding of the different ways in which educational research can be communicated. and professional reports. Qualitative data analysis provides a framework for approaching the analysis of qualitative data. and of thinking about how to review and work with the literature you find. . interviews.16 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Module outlines In Approaches to educational research you will begin to think about how to formulate research projects. and how to frame research in relation to existing literature. and explores the relationship between epistemological claims. Research methods involves looking at a broad range of methods of data collection. the module enables you to develop an awareness of the importance of writing style for the effective communication of ideas. such as peer reviewed journals. hypothesis testing. You will gain practical Research and the theoretical field focuses on the role of theory within research. Through this module you will gain experience of identifying.

uk/ education If you have any questions or would like information about any of the other subject areas we offer. you can check if it meets the minimum specifications on the respective ‘Entrance requirements’ web pages for each www.5 (AELM) / You must have passed a test of proficiency in English within the previous three years. please go to our website: Follow us on: www. with an overall grade of at least 7. Each application will be considered on an individual basis. please contact our Information Centre (details on back cover). How to apply For further information on this programme and details on how to apply.www.londoninternational.0 (AELM) / 4.londoninternational.londoninternational.londoninternational.londoninternational. IT requirement You will need a computer with Internet access (a printer is optional). If you already own a computer.0 (MRes).0 (AELM/MRes) in each sub-test or in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) a score of 650 or 280 in the computerised test plus a Test of Written English (TWE) of at least (student blog) 17 Entrance requirements Academic requirement for all programmes A second class honours degree or the equivalent from an institution acceptable to the University of London. English language requirement An advanced level of ability to work in English is essential.londoninternational. For the MRes You must also be able to demonstrate your interest and experience in the field of educational research or social research. If you are purchasing a new computer it will almost certainly meet these Note: if you do not meet the standard entrance requirements you may still apply. (MRes). It may be possible to increase the memory (RAM) and size of the hard disk to meet these requirements. For the AELM You must also have at least two years’ relevant work at the following minimum level: IELTS (International English Language Testing System). with a minimum of 7.

assessment. . where given. as well as the overall classification. known as the ‘Lead College’. you register with the University of London for one of its awards. It also provides further information about the role of the Lead College and method of study.18 Postgraduate study programmes in Education Gaining a prestigious University of London qualification As an International Programmes student. level and content of the programme you successfully completed and includes a transcript of courses taken and marks achieved. When you graduate with a degree. and gives the name of the Lead College which conducted the examinations. of the University of London. The academic direction of your programme – including the syllabus. The final diploma indicates that you were registered with the University of London and awarded a University of London degree or diploma. The Diploma Supplement describes the nature. The Institute of Education is the ‘Lead College’ for the programmes in this prospectus. The University of London logo and the Vice-Chancellor’s signature are incorporated. academic support – is the responsibility of a particular College. learning resources and. or consortium of Colleges. diploma or certificate from the University of London you will be sent two documents – a final diploma (the parchment you receive on graduation) and a Diploma Supplement.

The University does not intend by publication or distribution of this leaflet to create any contractual or other legal relation with applicants. Fees include all core study materials but are exclusive of the cost of sitting examinations outside of London.035 for the dissertation (MA only).485 £5. registered students.www.785. For the most up-to-date information please visit our 19 Fees The fees shown here refer to the 2011-2012 academic year only and are subject to annual review. therefore will cost 3 x £370 = £1. For example. .ac. plus £1.045 These fees are made up of a one-off registration fee of £900.110 The information contained in this leaflet was correct at the date of publication but may be subject to change.535 per module and £2.londoninternational. This cost varies and is payable to your local examination authority. Copyright © University of London. These fees are made up of a one-off registration fee of £825. For all programmes you can choose to pay upfront or pay as you go.040 £3. the module ‘Approaches to educational research’ is 30 credits. Students taking an individual module for professional development pay a combined fee of £1. Applied Educational Leadership and Management MA Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate £9.110 Students taking an individual module for professional development pay a combined fee (individual modules will only run if there is a viable cohort of students): n 10 credit module: £370 n 20 credit module: £740 n 30 credit module: £1. April 2011. their advisers or any other persons.970 Educational and Social Research MRes Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Certificate £7. plus £370 per 10 credits.265 £3.075 £7.

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