MA in Educational Leadership and Management
"Led by a team of experts, our MA in Educational Leadership and Management is uniquely designed to equip participants with essential knowledge and skills to lead educational organisational change and development."
Dr Robert Smith, Course Leader
The MA in Educational Leadership and Management offers a unique programme that is customised to the varying needs of students wishing to pursue leadership roles at different levels within educational organisations. Its special feature is the client-oriented focus that allows for specialised delivery based on contextual needs both across England and internationally. Its multi-pronged route enables the development of a scholarly career route as well as research informed professional practice. There is exemption from specific modules available for those holding an National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) qualification, and similar opportunities for recognising other national leadership programmes such as Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers (LPSH) and Leading from the Middle. Applicants with other M-level qualifications such as a PGCE will also earn exemptions from certain modules.
Course aims and benefits
At the end of the course, we anticipate that the students will have developed reflective and critical capabilities, providing them with a sound basis for their next career move, alongside the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to a variety of educational leadership challenges within their organisations.
You will take three core modules and one optional one (30 CATS each) and a dissertation (60 CATS) in an area of leadership in which you are particularly interested. This will be your individual research project, and you will receive one-to-one support from your academic supervisor.
Leading Educational Change and Improvement
This module explores the relationship between leadership and the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes. The module includes an international review of educational leadership and school improvement research. Investigation draws strongly on the most recent developments in research, policy theory and practice.
Researching Educational Leadership and Management
This module explores the main approaches to researching in educational institutions, with a specific focus on methods appropriate for those leading and managing schools and colleges, or aspiring to do so. The module aims to equip educational professionals with the knowledge and skills required to undertake a dissertation on educational leadership practice.
Your optional module may come from anywhere within the Centre for Education Studies, however we encourage students to take the following module:
Policy, Strategy and Resources in Education
This module addresses themes in educational leadership and management and aims to develop students' confidence and effectiveness and managing resources and understanding policy. The module gives particular focus to the development and implementation of policy and has links with other modules on the course.
Other modules include mentoring and coaching, drama, childhood, foreign language teaching pedagogy, religions and education, special educational needs, and assessment (subject to availability).
Course delivery and learning styles
For full-time students, two modules are delivered in each of the first two terms. For part-time students the modules are delivered on three Saturdays in each term of years 1 and 2. The course employs a variety of teaching approaches customised to students’ learning needs.
This course is intended to enable participants to develop and improve their abilities as educational leaders. It will also enhance the reflective and critical capabilities of students, providing a sound basis for their next career move. Recent graduates of the course include classroom leadership innovators, middle level leaders, senior managers, local authority advisors and independent consultants, and international educators who now hold a range of senior positions. Each year a number of graduates from the course go on to undertake doctoral studies.
- 1 year full-time
- Normally 2-5 years part-time
- 3 core modules
- 1 optional modules
- 4 assignments of 5000 words each
- Dissertation of 20,000 words
- At least second class honours degree or equivalent
- Normally, two references
- Degree transcripts
- English language test certificates (if appropriate) at IELTS 6.5 or higher