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Educational Leadership MSc by distance learning

Educational Leadership MSc by distance learning

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

The MSc in Educational Leadership offers a fascinating insight into an arena that has changed remarkably over recent years. Leading and promoting optimal learning is the key challenge that confronts educational leaders, advisers, policy makers and governments. Finding the connections between leadership and learning is not easy and involves change and reform in organisations. These three key themes - leadership, learning and change - are the basis of this course. This postgraduate degree will enable you to reflect upon practice in your organisation, identify areas of professional concern and become equipped to find solutions and lead change. The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of practitioners in diverse settings internationally who consider themselves involved in education. We recognise the importance of connecting theory with practice. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform practice in your work setting. Your personal development will equip you to lead change in your organisation. Former students have also found gaining this respected MSc useful in gaining promotions and developing career pathways. You can apply for exemption from up to two modules on the basis of prior learning (completed within the last five years only). Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis and there may be a small administration charge.


Throughout this course you will keep a Professional Development Portfolio which can be used to underpin applications for promotions in educational leadership. offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers. Our PhD opportunities are very popular with students who have completed the Educational Leadership MSc and wish to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level.


In this module you will consider external influences on educational leadership such as policy contexts, social justice and agency. The literature used will relate to working and learning within diverse educational settings globally. You will also be introduced to the methodological frameworks that underpin empirical work in the field of leadership, learning, and change. This module is designed to increase your understanding of how your institution and local inquiry fit within wider contexts and discourses. Online activities will enable you to discuss issues with your peers internationally.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or equivalent ; Plus UK Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent); Plus three years' teaching experience (or three years with equivalent professional status in an educational organisation)

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more