Educational Leadership (MA)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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

Module Descriptions

  • Leadership and Context Examine leadership and its limitations
  • Leading and Managing Change Gain a critical understanding and the capacity to create effective change
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Educational Organisations Develop a deep understanding of personal, social and organisational learning processes
  • Inclusive Education Focus on the theory and policy underpinning practice with children who have additional social and emotional health needs
  • A Supervised Dissertation On an agreed aspect of leadership, or coaching and mentoring

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Study style

The teaching is through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. Assessment is 100% by coursework.

International and expatriate students may study this programme in the countries in which they work.  An agreed minimum number of students will be required.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

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
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent 


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


Depending on your starting point:

  • Subject leader or co-ordinator
  • Assistant head teacher
  • Deputy or head teacher

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Make an impact

This course will support the development and application of analytical thinking and is designed to ensure this makes an impact at institutional level.

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Get the capabilities for leadership

Gain the knowledge and capabilities needed for informal leadership and promoted posts, including subject leader, deputy head teacher and head teacher, or senior leadership roles within local, national and international educational organisations.

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Flexible study

The flexibility of module options enables students to study a broad range of components of an educational institution through the lens of leadership and management.

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