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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership School Administration

Course type


Course Summary

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.

Different course options

Full time | Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham) | 1 year | 01-OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module aims to provide a thorough introduction to research methods in educational and other professional fields. Important distinctions will be made between academic research methods and those which are practicable within the professional setting. It will prepare students for their dissertation.

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

Applicants need to have at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent; a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification in the sector; Substantial experience in a relevant professional field.

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 a growing reputation for its high level of satisfied students and excellent teaching. They strive to be outward looking, and are intensively engaged in partnerships with local industry to enrich students’ learning and boost their career...more