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Research Informed Leadership PgCert

Research Informed Leadership PgCert

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Part time


12 months

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

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Course Summary


This course responds to the need to have evidence based, research informed solutions to problems faced in practical contexts by leaders at all levels across the education system. This course is designed to provide expertise to support leaders to develop their own research literacies so they are critically engaged with research and promoting a culture within their schools that values research and evidence-based approaches.

Course Aims

- Contemporary research methods used to analyse problems in the context of educational improvement.

- How to use a range of research methodologies in order to investigate complex educational issues for educational improvement.

- The limitations (strengths and weaknesses) of a variety of research methods including ethical considerations.

- A systematic understanding and knowledge of how to create a research plan for professional inquiry in an improvement cycle.

- A critical understanding of the way that research can influence thinking or practice in the defined area at a local level, either school specific or perhaps more broadly


This is a professional learning course designed specifically to enable education professionals to students to make clear connections between relevant research, theory and practice. The 60 Masters-level credits can also be used towards a Masters in Education.


This module provides an opportunity to undertake a professional development project within a school or other setting. It is intended to support practising professionals in understanding the impact of research on practice, including how theory relates to practice, designing effective projects and evaluating impact.

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This course is not open to international students as it is only available on a part-time basis.

Entry requirements

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), but have appropriate professional experience may be considered). Due to the leadership specialism the expectation of the applicant will be that they have gained some leadership experience within an educational setting. Normally they will be engaged in a leadership role at the time of starting on the programme.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is a research-oriented institution offering a selection of high quality taught and research postgraduate courses. The university is located across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment...more

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