Applications are open for September 2022 intake.

Blended online course

Part-time MA Educational Leadership in Practice

  • Qualification: Master of Arts
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Delivery: Blended Learning
  • Workload: Approx 20 hours per week
  • Next enrolment: September 2022
  • Fees: £12,600 (Paid in 4 installments)
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Overview

Who this course is for

If you’re a teacher or an educator looking to move into a leadership role within an education organisation, this course is for you. It will give you vital knowledge and skills to take your career to the next level, empowering you to lead with confidence and have a real impact.

What you will learn

  • Gain a deep understanding of theories, research, intellectual debates, and best practice from across the globe.
  • Reflect on how these could apply to your own practice.
  • Develop higher-order thinking skills to inspire you as a leader of education.
  • Apply educational leadership skills and find solutions to real-world problems from local and global education organisations.

Where and when you will study

This fully-online, part-time master's means you can study from anywhere in the world and fit it around your day-to-day life. You will be expected to learn while you continue to work, and to use examples from your work throughout your study.

You will complete four taught units in year one, followed by two taught units and a research project in year two. You'll learn through a mix of interactive teaching and have plenty of opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers.

How it will benefit your career

  • Gain a deep understanding of theories, research, intellectual debates, and best practice from across the globe.
  • Reflect on how these could apply to your own practice.
  • Develop higher-order thinking skills to inspire you as a leader of education.
  • Apply educational leadership skills and find solutions to real-world problems from local and global education organisations.

Key information

  • Duration
    2 years
  • Dates
    September 2022
  • Location
    This part-time master's programme is delivered through a blended learning format, with workshops in Dubai.
  • Admissions
    A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent, in a related area.
    An initial qualification in teaching, or at least two year’s professional experience in a public or private educational organisation, are desirable but not essential requirements. If neither is possessed then the applicant needs to have secured their degree from one of the top 400 institutions in the home country.
    IELTS Test score of 6.5 (or equivalent) if English is not your first language.
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Course units

Models of Educational Leadership

  • Explore conceptualising educational leadership practice as adjectival models
  • Consider what this means in diverse international contexts
  • Examine and evaluate a range of key models

Leading Educational Change

  • Examining what is meant by ‘change’
  • Counter-productive and productive motivators for and mechanisms for change
  • Critical perspective on leading change

Education Policy and Leadership

  • What is policy and how is it ‘done’?
  • Policy architecture
  • Welfarism, social democracy and neoliberalism as policy architecture

Educational Leadership as a Social Practice

  • Educational leadership practice in a globalising education system
  • Getting and doing the job
  • Using research evidence

Optional Course Units

  • Digital Technologies and Educational Leadership
  • Leadership of International Schools

Independent Supervised Study/Project

  • Research Skills and the application of research to professional practice (30 credits)
  • Project-based enquiry (30 credits)

Structure

Our online learning MA in Educational Leadership in Practice caters to the training needs of professionals around the world, whether you're looking to enhance your skills in leadership within schools or further your career in this area.

Successful leaders in education require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge in areas such as in education and social policy, leading organisational and educational change. 

At the start of your course in February or September, you'll have the chance to network with academics teaching the course, meet your peers and grow your network of global educational practitioners at a three-day conference in Manchester.

The Master's teaching comprises of five core 20-credit units, one APL 20-credit unit or select an optional unit and a 60-credit research project. 

Admissions Info

From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the support you need. We can support you with enrolment and subject assistance, administrative logistics and fee options, online learning skills, workload management and special circumstances including a possible professional entry route.