Educational Leadership and Management MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Educational Leadership and Management MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Leadership and Management MA

The University of Nottingham School of Education has an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research in educational leadership and management. Its staff are world leading in this field and are all involved in teaching and research.

The School's flagship programme, The MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who have experience of working in schools and colleges and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. The programme draws on research from the UK and internationally, much of it conducted by those teaching on the programme. It seeks to:

  • improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts
  • strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
  • utilise existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
  • engage in critical discussion of a range of practices in the leadership and management of other adults in organisations
  • enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
  • promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation

A unique focus is the emphasis upon supporting practice based inquiry through which theories may be applied to practice in the workplace.

You will engage with the latest education research relating to leadership and management and also learn how to conduct research in order to drive development and change your own professional content.

Course details

The course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The MA comprises four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

Each of the modules has a contact time of 30 hours. In addition, there will be 270 hours private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support. The module assignments have been designed to increase skills and criticality (incrementally).

Part-time Study

The course can be taken part-time in Education Summer School only, with additional virtual learning support. Summer School takes place annually over a three week period commencing the last week in July. It offers the opportunity to study one or two 30-credit modules in intensive teaching blocks, with continued academic support available during the subsequent period of self-guided study. Summer School modules can be combined with modules provided during other semesters. It is possible to study four modules over two Summer School periods.

Full-time Study

The course can be taken full-time over one academic year, with additional seminar support.

Cohort Study

Schools/groups of schools may negotiate sequence, timings and locations for the delivery of the modules, which may be provided off-site. A minimum number of participants is required for this route. The pattern of attendance for those wishing to study via this route is subject to negotiation and agreement with schools. Teaching may take place in schools, the University or a mixture of both in the evenings, during the day, weekends or in intensive blocks during school holidays.

Modules for part-time and full-time study

  1. Leading Learning (30 credits)

  2. Effective Leadership and Change in Education (30 credits)

  3. Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits)

  4. Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)

Plus Dissertation (60 credits)

Modules for Cohort study

  1. Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits)

  2. Effective Leadership and Change in Education (30 credits)

  3. Conducting and Evaluating Practice Based Research (30 credits)

Plus Dissertation (60 credits)

and one module from this group:

  1. Understanding Individual and Organisational Development (30 credits)
  2. Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)


In 2011, 96% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £23,021 with the highest being £95,000. Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education supervisors, language tutors, primary and secondary teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Entry requirements:You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent.

IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:62 (minimum 55)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 14, 2015
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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