MA Educational Leadership

Why choose Herts?

  • Excellent reputation: We develop and train excellent teachers and education professionals who work within a wide range of educational settings across the home counties.
  • Employment prospects: Graduates have secured promotions with their current employer. Some venture into research, advisory, and policy-making roles.
  • Industry connections: Benefit from our strong partnerships with over 300 schools and training providers across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Cambridgeshire.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

The programme supports you in developing your knowledge and understanding of issues and practice through enquiry and research. The programme provides a range of module choices, but you are encouraged to bring your own ideas and focus on your own particular professional interests. This award is gained through taking an educational leadership focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation.

This award enables experienced professionals to build upon their interests and experience of educational leadership. Less experienced professionals are supported in developing their knowledge of issues relating to educational leadership.

Applicants must have substantial experience of practice in educational settings. Less experienced applicants must have an education qualification.

The MA Educational Leadership is offered as part of a suite of awards available through the MA Education Framework.

Study routes

This programme is offered on a 1 year full-time basis, and part-time study for 2 or 3 years.

Why choose this course?

The MA Educational Leadership award is designed for professionals who want to enhance their careers through exploring the leadership of learning in their own context. We will encourage students to challenge traditional notions of 'leaders' and 'leadership' and explore relational, collaborative and democratic leadership models.

Through this programme you will:

  • Develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to education practice through critical reflection, analysis and enquiry
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse educational theory and how it links to practice
  • Become a member of a supportive learning community and learn from professionals from a range of educational settings
  • Become a successful practitioner researcher

What will I study?

Taught sessions are built around discussion, discovery, shared learning and peer review with tutor support and expertise immediately at hand. All modules are constructed so that the focus of the work should be upon your individual interests and professional requirements.  

  • For each 30 credit module, attendance at between 7/8 twilight sessions per module
  • A significant amount of private study and reading
  • Independent research
  • An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules
  • A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment
  • Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and virtual learning environment
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Exploring Approaches to Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Educational Leadership Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    Developing Subject and Professional Knowledge 30 Credits Optional
    Creativity: You and Your Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Early Childhood: Foundations for Life 30 Credits Optional
    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership and Management 30 Credits Optional
    Education, Social Justice and Social Change 30 Credits Optional
    Inclusive Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Educational Leadership Download
    MA Educational Leadership Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Educational Leadership Download
    MA Educational Leadership Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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