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MA Educational Leadership
Gain valuable leadership skills and knowledge for a variety of educational settings.

MA Educational Leadership / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

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);
  • Dr Susie Miles (known internationally for her specialist knowledge of inclusion and disability in developing country contexts);
  • Prof Helen Gunter (known internationally for her work on policy and leadership);
  • Prof Linda Evans (a field-leader in educational leaders' professional development);
  • Prof Mel West (a leading expert in school improvement and school effectiveness);
  • Prof Michael Apple (the world's leading critical educationalist).

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 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
Intro to Educational Video Production EDUC61632 15 Optional
Digital Media and Information Literacy EDUC61712 15 Optional
Blended Learning in a Digital Age EDUC70032 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 24 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 Bachelors degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters 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 (MIE), which has its own Undergraduate 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