MA in Education: Leadership and Management

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Education: Leadership and Management

Bath Spa University

MAEducation Leadership and Management

Designed for those who aspire to become, or are currently working as, a leader in an educational organisation in the UK or internationally.

Opportunity to reflect on and challenge your professional experience.

Lively discussions on contemporary educational issues.

Early evening classes to accommodate students who may be working.

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners.

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice.


We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice-based inquiry, in which you will relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership and learn how to bring about change and improvement.

Course structure

Trimester 1

You’ll gain a broad understanding of the ways in which economics, politics and society inform educational policy and determine the context in which leaders operate.

We’ll introduce you to the key practices of effective leadership. You’ll use this knowledge to critically explore how leadership strategically brings about educational change through understanding theories of change and drawing on your own professional experience.

Trimester 2

You’ll learn how to undertake research within educational settings. A range of different methodologies will be explored, and we’ll support you to write a proposal for your own research project.

In this trimester you’ll also have the opportunity to study for two elective modules, one of which may be chosen from one of the other MA Education pathways.

Trimester 3

In your final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation (15,000 - 20,000 words) on an aspect of educational leadership that particularly interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also be able to attend optional research seminars.

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Lectures and seminars typically take place in the early evening, to accommodate students who may be working.


Research seminars

The Institute for Education runs a series of research seminars throughout the academic year where staff and postgraduate students present their research. You’ll be welcome to attend these seminars and there is the opportunity for you to talk about your own research interests within an informal and supportive setting.

Professional Master's Programme

If you’re looking for a more flexible learning option, you can study modules from this course as part of our Professional Master's Programme.


You’ll graduate with the practical and theoretical knowledge, well placed to apply for the middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course.

The grounding in academic work provides a foundation for further research at PhD level which can lead to employment in Higher Education.


Ideally, you’ll be working within an educational context and have some experience of leadership, either formally or informally.

You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised higher education institution. The content and subject matter of your degree is open. For overseas, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Get ahead

To prepare for the course we recommend you read:

  • Rethinking Educational Leadership: from improvement to transformation by John West-Burnham;
  • The Government White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,800 / part-time: £3,400
  • International students full-time: £12,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
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- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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