This postgraduate programme is designed to offer professionals the opportunity to engage in systematic and analytical enquiry into the theory and practice of leadership and management in education. Students will use the knowledge and skills gained to improve their own practice, in leadership and management roles, across the whole range of educational institutions and related organisations.
While keeping concern for people and human flourishing at its forefront, the course will strengthen your understanding of advanced scholarship in educational leadership and management, and of how the established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Using this approach, you will be able to critically examine the organisations and systems in which you work, and achieve outcomes for stakeholders.
This course will encourage you to specialise in your particular areas of interest, reflecting your professional role and future career goals in education leadership and management.
Modules are normally taught at early evening sessions. Full-time students usually attend between three and four days a week. Part-time students in full-time employment usually take three years to complete the full MA and they normally attend one evening in the autumn semester and two in the spring/summer semester.
The programme provides opportunities to engage with current research covering a broad range of issues and recent thinking and is informed by active research and scholarship in the development of educational leadership and management theory and practice. The University of Roehampton’s School of Education undertakes leading research and is committed to working in partnership with people, families and communities. The school also puts an emphasis on the development of students in their professionalism and commitment to social justice. The programme has an international profile and brings together students at postgraduate level from around the world.
You will study leadership and management in educational contexts from international perspectives to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice. Specifically, modules will cover aspects such as leading teaching and learning, developing staff and teams, organisational theory and strategy. These modules will take a people-focused approach, to understand the complexities of individuals and teams, and wider groups such as the staff, the organisation itself and beyond.
The programme enables you to specialise in particular areas of interest by giving a choice in your assignment and dissertation topics so your study has immediate relevance and also prepares you for your future development as a practitioner and as a researcher.
If you are currently in a senior management position, then a special route may be possible for you depending upon your experience and courses completed with organisations such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
A key aspect of the Education Leadership and Management MA is the undertaking of a piece of research. You will study the foundational skills and concepts in academic enquiry, and planning for your specialist research. Your research will be in the form of a dissertation, as a means of critically enquiring into and developing knowledge about an issue or question relevant to your study.
Compulsory module for the MA
Required module for MA and PGD
Strategic Leadership and Educational Excellence
Undertaking Social and Educational Research
Leading Educational Organisations
Leading Teaching, Improving Learning
Developing Staff and Leading Teams
Key Concepts and Current Debates in Global Education Policy
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Careers in leadership and management in schools, colleges, universities and early years settings; working in government organizations and educational charities; consultancy; training industries and further academic study at PhD level. Research areas include education policy, enhancement and quality, inspection and review systems.