The MA Educational Leadership and Management programme has been developed for education and public sector professionals who are aspiring to their first leadership position. This Masters will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge in a wide range of leadership and management theories and frameworks.

The programme draws on the outstanding specialist research within the Faculty world-leading Education and Social Research Institute, providing students with the most relevant theoretical knowledge they need to underpin their practice. This process includes critically analysing models relating to change management, organisational culture and the impact of leadership on organisational effectiveness. Students will study theories of leadership and management and apply them to their own workplace

We welcome non-EU international applications for the full-time route and students are supported at every stage by MMU International.

Features and benefits of the course

  • Specialist research and teaching expertise within the Faculty's Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
  • Collaborative links with ESRI, including guests speakers and conferences
  • Study at our £139 million Brooks building which has world-class facilities for teaching and learning
  • In the QS World University rankings for Education and Training, released by the Times Higher this week, the Faculty of Education was placed in the top 250 providers worldwide.

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for those engaged in or aspiring to leadership and management roles in educational settings. It will develop and hone your skills and understanding in ways that enhance your workplace role and enable you to articulate and argue persuasively for well reasoned, innovative and strategic shifts in practice.

There are also opportunities to undertake research at the University's Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI), one of the leading centres for applied educational research and evaluation in the UK.

Course details

Term 1 Units

  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design

This unit is interconnected with the other full-time Master's awards and enables a consideration of the ways in which knowledge is generated in the field of educational leadership and management.

  • Leadership and Management in Educational Settings

This unit explores the different educational leadership discourses and relevant management theories and concepts.

Term 2 Units:

Students take two optional units that develop their ability to critically engage with published research and to develop their own research skills in support of their own fields of interest:

  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice-Based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings

Terms 2 and 3

  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.

Language requirements
International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: £8,500 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: £14,500 per year.
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