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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course outline

This course is an essential basis for school leaders who wish to understand what the academic field has to contribute to their understanding of leadership. It explains how leaders, leading and leadership have moved from obscurity to centre stage over recent years.

The purpose of the course is to develop a deep critical understanding of leadership as applied to educational settings. It is designed to explore how we lead people and organisations from multiple perspectives such as Psychology, Sociology, Management and Organisational Theory. This will allow you to consider and reflect on new ideas and critique your own practice in light of theory and research.

The teaching is through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. This interactive approach will support you in critically reflecting on your own leadership and how you apply this to the organisations and the individuals around you.

Examples of topics included:

Exploring interactions between leadership and management
Organisational theories and influence on leadership
The question of values and purposes
What can leadership approaches in the business sector tell us about leadership in education?
Identifying leadership in your own organisation
Recognising and using leadership theory in practice
The role of psychology in leadership
Evaluating the value of leadership models
Strategy and change.


Depending on your starting point:

Subject leader or co-ordinator
Assistant head teacher
Deputy or head teacher
Educational/training leader in any organisation

Different course options

Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 1 year | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Leadership is seen as essential for the achievement of educational reform across the globe. This explains how leaders, leading and leadership have moved from obscurity to centre stage over recent years. This course is an essential basis for school leaders and others who wish to understand what the academic field and associated disciplines has to contribute to our understanding of leadership and its limitations when faced with complexity and constant change. In this course, we will look at the different ways which we can come to understand leadership and how we can develop our own leadership capacity and that of others.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent Or a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification Or a substantial experience in a relevant professional field If you possess an NPQH* certificate you may claim 60 credits at master’s level towards the postgraduate diploma or MA, upon completion of an academic bridging assignment.

University information

Join the University of Gloucestershire and you will be part of a creative, professional community of 1,000 postgraduate students, 2,000 staff and an alumni network of 40,000 graduates. The University has recently been ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019 and has a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking and are intensively engaged...more

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