Educational Leadership (MA)

Educational Leadership


Helping you head up

Gain the knowledge and capabilities needed for informal leadership and senior posts on this flexible course that can be customised to suit you.

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Leading opportunities

Great ways to fast-track your career.

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Take part in interdisciplinary study covering topics such as inclusion, sustainability and education policy.

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Get a range of perspectives and develop you own practice by visiting your peers at work - and invite them to visit you!

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We proactively work with students to publish work when it is of an excellent standard.

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.

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Inspiring educators

Lynda Kay, Academic Course Leader

Lynda Kay

Academic Course Leader

"I've worked at the University of Gloucestershire for about three years. Before that I was an advisory teacher for the council, specializing 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."

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Tristan Middleton, Joint Academic Course Leader

Tristan Middleton

Joint Academic Course Leader

Before joining the University of Gloucestershire, Tristan was a Senior Leader in an infant school. His research continually returns to the role of leadership linked to his passion for Inclusive Education and Nurture Groups. He believes that 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.

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Course details

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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

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 content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.


Depending on your starting point:

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

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

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 


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School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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