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Our Educational Leadership in Practice (MA) is the only global blended programme that is taught from a critical approach and not a functionalist one. This practice-orientated learning will enable you to be the change your organisation needs.

You can expect to study units covering topics such as:

Models of Educational Leadership

Leading Educational Change and Development

Educational Leadership as a Social Practice

Engaging With Educational Leadership Research

Educational Leadership Policy

Optional Unit/Accreditation of Previous Learning

Dr. Alexander Gardner-McTaggart

Dr. Alexander Gardner-McTaggart
Course Director

Lecturer in Educational Leadership

“At The University of Manchester we believe educators are powerful influencers and have important voices in a rapidly globalising world. It is our intention to empower educational leaders to face tough challenges in globalising educational spaces with compassion and competency.

Balancing rigid external realities with the values of education is more important now than ever. Building capacity and positive teams and sharing in leadership and fostering growth are all part of the privilege of leading in education.

In a world of online connection, it is often difficult to build networks and professional practice that is enduring and authentic. That is why this blended course focuses on developing your professional leadership practice, from and for education. This course has the advantage of being run by leadership specialists who mentor and foster leadership behaviours and skills, as well as developing a rich critical understanding of the field. In this way, this course is truly empowering for leaders who wish to engage at higher levels, whilst running a complex organisation based upon respect and dignity. 

The programme offers unique face-to-face course conferences twice a year, where team-building, networking and mentoring happen in real time.”


Sector Inspired

Study using a Practice-Based Learning Approach that challenges you to think critically.


Truly Global

Join peers from around the world at the 3-day course conferences held each semester.



Taught by global leaders in the delivery of Educational Leadership.