This course is ideal if you are looking to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. We also offer MA Educational Leadership and Management (Distance Learning).

It is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities and other educational providers, as well as those with an academic interest in studying educational leadership and management.

Drawing on UK and international research, much of which has been conducted by those who teach on the course, it seeks to:

  • improve understanding of leadership practices, both nationally and internationally, in 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 understanding of your organisation, and the environment in which you operate
  • promote the development of you, your colleagues and your organisation

A key focus is on supporting practice-based inquiry and how this can be applied to the way you work.

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

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Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time/via summer school plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is available to individuals and cohorts from schools/consortiums.

Each module requires an equivalent of 30 hours of teaching, plus 270 hours of private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Full-time study

This course can be taken over one year full-time, with seminar and tutorial support.

Part-time study

This course can be taken over two years part-time via summer school, with additional virtual learning support. You will typically study up to two modules per year.

Cohort applicants

We welcome approaches from schools/consortiums who would like to negotiate sequence, timings and locations for the delivery of modules, which may be provided off-site. A minimum number of participants is required for this route and teaching may take place during twilight sessions after school, on inset or holiday days, or at weekends. If you would like to find out more, please contact us.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) or a relevant professional qualification

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


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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