This specialist Masters is designed for experienced educators who want to gain an insight into educational policy issues of current global significance and their implications for the effective leadership of educational institutions, as well as wishing to understand, use and support digital tools in education.
Given the increasing interest in education leadership and digital education, this programme will allow you to build range skills and knowledge which can enhance your professional development. You will have the opportunity to apply and reflect on this new knowledge in relation to both your own learning and to your professional contexts.
With a combination of online and face-to-face teaching, you will be campus-based with access to all of the University's facilities and resources while also gaining practical experience of being an online distance learner. This experience of online learning will enhance your learning on the subject and also enable you to be a more effective leader or deliverer of online education.
The programme will provide you with in-depth knowledge of skills, perspectives and current research in both educational leadership and digital education. You will have opportunities to apply and reflect on this new knowledge in relation to your own learning and to your professional contexts. As the programme is aimed at experienced professionals, students will immediately see the relevance of programme content to practice.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.
- Contemporary Global Challenges in Education Policy and Leadership Practice
- Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice
- Education in a Digital Society
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Choose one from the below:
- Dissertation in Digital Education
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Learning and teaching
On this course, you will benefit from a carefully designed combination of classroom-based and online distance learning (ODL). The online teaching component is a defining feature of the programme as you will gain practical experience of being an ODL learner which will be very beneficial when you are responsible for delivering or supporting online education in your professional life.
While you will enjoy the illuminating experience of learning online this is a campus-based course and as such you will also benefit from all of the learning resources on campus – the best of both worlds.
MA Leadership and Digital Education uses a variety of assessment methods to augment your learning and ensure you have the skills required for professional development.
In addition to traditional essays, the online distance learning modules will take a different approach to assessment, enabling you to gain practical experience of presenting information using a range of digital technology tools. For example, you might be asked to present work as a poster, a multi-modal presentation, a website, an audio presentation with quizzes or a video.
A bachelor degree (Hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent plus evidence of relevant professional experience.
Relevant professional experience could include teaching (at any level), education management, supervision or administration, software development, education publishing, education media, and roles involving the implementation, support or management of educational technologies. Other professional experience may be relevant and each case will be considered on its merits.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any subject.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area.
How to apply
- International – 30 June
- UK/EU – 31 July
If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place on your chosen course at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.
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Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
Scholarships available include:
- Dean's International Postgraduate Scholarship
- Head of School's International Postgraduate Scholarship
- International Excellence Scholarship (Philippines)
- Head of School's UK/EU Postgraduate Scholarship
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