MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First)

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Awards available MSc
Programme length Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Open to international students Yes

A Tier 4 student visa cannot be issued for this programme. Our International Student Advice Team can provide information and guidance on whether you are required to obtain a visa to study with us.

Start date Initial application and enrolment at the summer institute in July 2017, final applications by 30 November 2017. The first unit will be taught in January 2018.

Programme overview

The MSc Educational Leadership (Teach First) is a natural progression from the Teach First PGCE programme. It will enable students who are working in local schools in challenging circumstances to be supported by University staff in extending their learning beyond the classroom.

You will engage with current educational research, much of which is being conducted by world-renowned scholars at the Graduate School of Education, and use it to interrogate and develop your own practice. In doing so, you will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a future educational leader with the capacity to undertake your own research.

Fees for 2017/18

To be confirmed.

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will import 60 credits from the Teach First PGCE programme and then go on to complete the following mandatory units:

  • Year 1
    • Independent Self Study (Teach First) (30 credits)
    • Future Leaders in Contexts of Change (Teach First) (30 credits)
  • Year 2
    • Dissertation (Teach First) (60 credits)

Entry requirements

Applicants for this programme must have completed the Teach First PGCE programme and be enrolled on the Teach First national programme.

For entry to the programme, you must provide the following:

  • transcript of your undergraduate degree results and Teach First PGCE transcript;
  • a supporting reference from your employing school;
  • a supporting academic reference (preferably from your subject/professional tutor on the Teach First PGCE programme);
  • personal statement, which should outline why you have chosen to apply for this programme and your educational and professional background.

We aim to respond to all applications within 21 days of submission.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:

  • Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field
  • Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative
  • High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice
  • Highly employable throughout the world
  • Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community

Read more about the careers of some of our graduates.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Initial application and enrolment at the summer institute in July 2017, final applications by 30 November 2017. The first unit will be taught in January 2018.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 19% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4491 Email:

Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkley Square
Bristol, BS8 1JA


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