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Educational Leadership (Chester) MA

Educational Leadership (Chester) MA

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education. The course will develop your professional knowledge in relation to your current context by building on the significant experience and expertise which you will bring with you to the course.

Why study this course with us?

Our philosophy of learning links to professional practice, theories of leadership and work-based enquiry for improvement. Most importantly, it acknowledges work undertaken in the workplace.

If you engage in the course you will: develop your critical thinking skills and become a reflective practitioner; be able to articulate informed opinions with confidence; become a confident researcher who will be aware of theoretical frameworks and current political agendas; become a confident and effective leader.

You can enter the course by making a claim for previous learning through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process and then undertake modules for the remainder of your course considering your setting and individual needs. On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a CMI award in Strategic Leadership.


Assessments include essays, portfolios of your own learning, academic posters and research-based projects. This course is assessed by 100% coursework, and the structure of the course means that you are only working on one assignment at any one time.

Job prospects

Many of our graduates have secured senior or promoted roles as a result of achieving their MA in Educational Leadership. Their enhanced understanding of the leadership within education has informed their own practice as leaders, ensuring that they have a bigger impact on their own educational setting. You will also gain PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.


This module includes the following topics: Exploiting previous knowledge of research methods and enquiry; Creating a research plan and timeline; Locating and contextualising the research within the literature; Undertaking research in accordance with ethical guidelines; Using an appropriate methodology; Collecting evaluating and interpreting data; Responding to changes in research intentions and outcomes; Writing up the research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

2021/22 Home fee per 20 credit module is £720. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

2021/22 full course fee: £12,950 and it is a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally work in an educational environment, e.g. school, college, academy, local authority, free school or other educational setting. The minimum entry requirement is usually a 2:2 honours degree plus relevant experience. Candidates without these qualifications will be invited to attend an interview to ensure their suitability for the course.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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