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What is Educational Leadership MA?

This course is an essential basis for school leaders who want 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.

You’ll develop a deep critical understanding of how leadership is applied to educational settings. The course 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.

Study style

You’ll be taught through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. This interactive approach will support you in critically reflecting on your own leadership and how you can apply this to the organisations and the individuals around you. Your learning will be assessed 100% by coursework.

Examples of topics include:

  • 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.

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

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree equivalent in this subject area.

    • We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification

    • Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
May 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £6,700 £14,700

Possible careers

Depending on their starting point, graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Subject Leader or Co-ordinator
  • Assistant Head Teacher
  • Deputy or Head Teacher
  • Educational/Training Leader in any organisation.

Fast track your career

You’ll take part in interdisciplinary study covering topics such as inclusion, sustainability and education policy. We also proactively work with students to publish work when it’s of an excellent standard.

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A modern approach to learning in a traditional setting

Join our active community of experienced teachers and practitioners at our stunning Francis Close Hall campus, which has been part of our heritage for 150 years. While just 10 minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, you’ll find everything you need on site, including IT labs with cutting-edge equipment, a specialist library, café and shop.

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Customise the course to your needs

Gain the knowledge and capabilities needed for informal leadership and senior posts on this flexible course that can be customised to suit you. You’ll get a range of perspectives and develop you own practice by visiting your peers at work – and by inviting them to visit you!

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Our Education courses rank in the UK top 20 for teaching quality, according to The Times and and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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Our Education courses rank in the top 15% in the UK for learning resources according to the National Student Survey 2020.

"The course is about understanding different education contexts"

“Before working at the university I was an advisory teacher for the council, specialising in autism, and speech, language and communication. The MA offers the opportunity to get away from the workplace and really take the time to focus on what’s important to you. The course is not about formal lectures – it’s about discussions and seminars, and understanding different education contexts. We like to share experiences on the course, and our alumni and other guest speakers come in to engage with our students. Our favourite parts of the course are being interactive with students, having those challenging conversations and being forced to think from different perspectives – we’re always learning too.”

Lynda Kay, Academic Course Leader

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"This course is exciting and rewarding"

“Before joining the University of Gloucestershire, I was a Senior Leader in an infant school. My research continually returns to the role of leadership linked to Inclusive Education and Nurture Groups. I believe this course is exciting and rewarding for students and lecturers to participate in because of the challenging conversations informed by research, literature and practice in education.”

Tristan Middleton, Academic Course Leader

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