MA Educational Leadership

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year
Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • We're ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Education (Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).
  • Work with highly diverse and international cohorts of students, representing perspectives from throughout the globe.
  • Focus on professional learning, underpinned by critical scholarship.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Andreea Mocanu
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/postgraduatetaught/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent).

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 59 and no other subsection below 51
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015 (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Professional entry qualification

An initial qualification in teaching, if this is not formally part of your Bachelor's degree, would be desirable.

Admission of candidates who do not meet our academic criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:
  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations;
  • two written academic references on official institution letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the official university email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their official university email address. If you have had a substantial period away from any formal learning, professional references may be considered. Professional references should be written on official company letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the professional email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their professional email address.
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application;
  • your CV;
  • copies of English Language Certification, eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

How your application is considered

Applications for MA Educational Leadership are very competitive. Due to the high demand for the programme we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If we are unable to consider you for an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will only be considered for an offer if places become available.

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

If you decide to accept your offer, when you arrive in Manchester you will be required to show to us the original documents which demonstrate your academic qualifications and your English language ability.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MA Educational Leadership is ideal if you're an educational professional currently working in, or aspiring to work in, a leadership position.

The course is taught by leading academics in the fields of leadership, management, and school improvement.

Senior educational experts may also contribute, including head teachers, inspectors, local authority officers and policy-makers.

Teaching encourages student participation, shared experiences and opportunities for practical application.

Depending on your background and experience, you may find the approach rather different from your previous experiences of university.

Aims

  • Examine current theories for examining education policy and practice from a leadership perspective.
  • Develop your understanding of key leadership issues that influence teachers' performance.
  • Enable colleagues to identify issues and develop appropriate school improvement strategies.
  • Develop your practical approaches to school improvement and effectiveness.
  • Develop your transferable skills which integrate current research and best practice.

Special features

  • Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890.
  • Our students come from all over the globe, and our qualifications are recognised across the globe.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by world-leading researchers who focus on the realities of professional practice through using the social sciences. This includes:

  • Dr Jenna Mittelmeier (whose expertise is in higher education students' transition experience);
  • Dr Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership);
  • Prof Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership);
  • Prof Mel West (a leading expert in school improvement and school effectiveness);
  • Tamsin McCaldin (an expert in student leadership and research methods).

Course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. Comprehensive training is provided in the use of electronic resources.

We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced teachers, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by eight 3,000-word assignments, or the equivalent, and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Engaging with Education Research EDUC60011 15 Mandatory
Research Methods II EDUC60452 15 Mandatory
Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Mandatory
Leading Educational Change and Development EDUC70352 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70382 15 Mandatory
Education Policy EDUC70531 15 Mandatory
School Improvement EDUC70882 15 Mandatory
Theories of Teaching and Learning EDUC60491 15 Optional
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61712 15 Optional
Language Learning and Technology EDUC70061 15 Optional
Psychology of Language Learning EDUC70091 15 Optional
The Education of Language Teachers EDUC70132 15 Optional
International Perspectives on Equity and Diversity in Education EDUC70322 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Higher Education in International Contexts EDUC70552 15 Optional
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Big Data in Education EDUC71221 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71230 15 Optional
AI Perspectives on Learning EDUC71242 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 22 course units

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education, which has its own Student Hub. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff. It is also a place to relax with fellow students.

MIE is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) graduates go on to shape education policy and practice through positions in NGOs and in the public and private sector. Potential careers include:

  • teaching;
  • lecturing;
  • research;
  • teacher education;
  • educational administration;
  • leadership;
  • consultancy;
  • publishing;
  • testing;
  • assessment.

For more information, see  Careers and employability