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MSc Education (Leadership and Policy)

MSc Education (Leadership and Policy)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Education Policy / Planning Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

Our education master's degrees give you the opportunity to design a tailored programme of study that suits your cultural and learning needs. You will be able to specialise and receive an award in a particular disciplinary area.

The Leadership and Policy pathway will help you develop the theoretical knowledge and skills to lead quality improvement and promote social justice within organisations. You will critically engage with ideas and practices around leading and managing organisational change and educational effectiveness.

This programme is designed for professionals with, ideally, some experience in education as a teacher, administrator, university lecturer or early-years practitioner.

This pathway attracts a diverse cohort of professionals, who bring their unique perspectives and experience to our highly interactive teaching and learning environment. Graduates have gone on to become education ministers, advisers, school leaders and university-based researchers, and to lead training within business organisations.


We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career.

Our overarching goal is to enable our education graduates to display the following characteristics:

equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in your chosen field;
visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative;
high ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice;
highly employable throughout the world;
adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Different course options

Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The making and analysis of education policy has become more complex in the 21st Century as a result of political, economic and cultural changes to education. The rise of new levels (global and regional) from which the governing now takes place, the redistribution of the various activities that now constitute ‘education’ (including formal and informal provision), along with the rise of new tools and technologies for governing it, are now reshaping the education sector across the world. This unit examines these changes, and examines the theoretical and methodological approaches to be considered in studying education policy in a global context. We explore the role that critical policy analysis can play in opening up bigger social justice questions regarding the relation between education, power and the societal good.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A good UK undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) and, normally, some appropriate professional experience, which may include voluntary work as well as paid employment.