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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Leadership Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides an opportunity for practitioners, leaders and managers in a diversity of early years contexts to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level. Developing knowledge and understanding of the distinctive context of leadership in early years’ provision and multi-agency working is a key feature of the award. In a context of significant shifts in services for young children and families, professional reflection and enquiry is an important attribute for leaders who are expected to maintain quality and deliver improvements, sometimes with fewer resources. The MA Leadership in Early Years challenges students to think deeply about their own professional role as change agents in improving services for children and families. The award encourages a focus on ideas, research and theory around leadership, multi-agency working, improving communication between individuals and the empowerment of children together with the communities that support them. We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilization of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives. The course also places students’ continued professional development at its core and, as such, offers channels to support students’ (and their organizations) current priorities and targets. Further, the course encourages students to apply new thinking in practice in systematic and innovative/creative ways, with competence and impetus. In this way, students are able to build their reputations as systematic, evidence-driven innovators and leaders. These are sound foundations for potential promotions and progressions in professional contexts. A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



This unit supports students to undertake a project that has particular relevance to their professional practice. Students identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. The unit enables students to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to factors that affect language and literacy development, such as bilingual settings, sensory, social or cognitive impairments and dyslexia. The project allows students to explore in depth an issue pertinent to their professional context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The tuition fee is £1084 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

The tuition fee is £2417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). Additional Cost may be applicable.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate UK honours degree or a degree equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, they can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition, they should also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great modern university located in the global city of Manchester, a city renowned for excellence, innovation, creativity and sport. The University has one of the widest range of postgraduate study options; from part-time to full-time, short courses to continuing professional development, Masters of Arts / Science and longer-term Research and PhD opportunities across many subject areas. Manchester is...more

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