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Education (Leadership and Management) MA

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2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Flexible Learning Design Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies Management Skills (Specific)

Course type


Course Summary

This is a specialist pathway of our MA Education. It focuses on how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. You’ll cover issues such as change management and contemporary leadership theories.

Online course description

If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA Education (Leadership and Management) online degree is designed to help you.

The MA Education (Leadership and Management) is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities or any education context, and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. The programme draws on research from the UK and internationally.

On this pathway you will:

improve your understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts
strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
explore existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
critically analyse and evaluate your own and others' leadership practice

This Masters is ideal if you are already in a first position of responsibility within an education setting, seeking to enhance your skills and knowledge in a wide range of leadership and management theories and issues.

Enriching your career

Our online MA Education (Leadership and Management) degree is not a teaching qualification but can transform the way you approach your professional practice. Previous graduates have reported that this degree helped them to gain more senior roles, enriched their teaching, challenged their preconceptions, and boosted their confidence.

The course explores key theories, policies, practices and debates which are shaping education today. You will select modules to build your studies around your interests and your assignments are focused within the context of your own educational practice. A final independent study focuses on a professional practice theme of your choice, connected to the pathway. You will develop key skills for research, analysis, and critiquing.


This research-informed programme will equip you with knowledge and critical awareness of contemporary issues relating to education and has been designed to prepare you for a range of professional careers within the education sector.


This exciting module focuses on the ways in which leadership theories can be effectively utilised to apply quality procedures effectively embedding equality and diversity. The module draws on a range of contemporary leadership and management theories, developing the critical and self-reflective educational practitioner. The whole range of educational contexts can be used in order to provide exemplars of how leadership can be empowering and the module will be of interest to all staff who have access to educational contexts.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will usually need one of the following: A good undergraduate degree (2.2 or above), or an equivalent level 6 qualification (equivalent overseas qualifications which will be verified by NARIC). You will be asked to provide a CV/resume detailing your academic and work experience. The Admissions Tutor reserves the right to interview an individual to ascertain the relevance of their work and life experiences as an acceptable entry for the programme.