MA Educational Leadership / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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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 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 using the social sciences, this includes: 

  • Dr Steve Courtney (an expert on school restructuring, change and leadership);
  • Dr Bee Hughes (an expert in school structures, leadership, and critical policy studies);
  • Dr Stephen Rayner (an expert in school reform, and school governance);
  • Dr Catherine Atkinson (an expert in diversity in education, particularly around gender and sexuality);
  • Dr Tee McCaldin (an expert in assessment and examinations, student leadership and research methods). 

Course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, groupwork, 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 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
Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership EDUC70331 15 Mandatory
Educational Leadership and Diversity EDUC70372 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
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
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in International Education EDUC70322 15 Optional
Multimedia Design and Development EDUC70510 15 Optional
Higher Education in International Contexts EDUC70552 15 Optional
Approaches to Teaching and Learning EDUC70632 15 Optional
International Development and Education EDUC70891 15 Optional
Educating for Sustainability EDUC71212 15 Optional
Big Data and Machine Learning Design in Education EDUC71221 15 Optional
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71232 15 Optional
AI Perspectives on Learning EDUC71242 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 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 (MIE), 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