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Leadership in Education MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies School Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for those already in leadership positions in education, and those who aspire to leadership roles. The course tackles issues directly related to the current field of national and international education. It challenges you to develop deeper critical thinking around how to meet the needs of policy and the needs of your students and staff. You will work through the process of initiating and driving change at an individual, group and/or organisational level. You will also learn how to adapt your communication strategies and techniques for developing new behaviours and attitudes. In short, the course aims to equip you with the skills to lead the development of others.

The course integrates theory and practice so you can personalise your learning and address areas of interest and challenge in your own work. It focuses on collaborative learning so, as you address current issues and problems, you are supported by the strength of collective knowledge, experience and expertise. The course includes face-to-face seminars as well as collaborative activities and discussions in a virtual learning environment. This course offers the possibility of earning intermediate academic awards in the form of a PG Diploma or a PG Certificate.

This part-time course will give you an understanding of how to foster and develop change within your organisation, as well as the ethical implications of change. Focused on helping you to develop your personal theories, vision and values in relation to leadership, all modules are designed to link theory and practice. The learning during this course will help you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of senior leaders in schools and other organisations in the area of education. This MA degree demonstrates that you are able to think and function at master’s degree level, which means you are more likely to be selected and recruited for promotion. You will develop research skills on this course that are also highly sought after in the current climate. You will be aware of future challenges to your context and how to align the organisation to meet these challenges.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Leading Change - Core
Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £1,120 Per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee is £2,140 Per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 2.2 honours degree. All applicants should already be in employment.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more