Educational Leadership and Management MA


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MA Educational Leadership and Management
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time via Summer School for taught element, plus disseration
Entry requirements
You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent.
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and July (Summer School)
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course is designed for those who have experience of working in schools and colleges and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students.
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The University of Nottingham School of Education has an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research in educational leadership and management. Its staff are world leading in this field and are all involved in teaching and research.

The school's flagship programme, the MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who have experience of working in schools and colleges and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. The programme draws on research from the UK and internationally, much of it conducted by those teaching on the programme. It seeks to:

  • improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts  
  • strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
  • utilise existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
  • engage in critical discussion of a range of practices in the leadership and management of other adults in organisations
  • enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
  • promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation

A unique focus is the emphasis upon supporting practice based inquiry through which theories may be applied to practice in the workplace.

You will engage with the latest education research relating to leadership and management and also learn how to conduct research in order to drive development and change your own professional content.

View our student profiles page to see what our students think of the course.

Course start dates

Full-time: September
Part-time: July through Summer School

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Course details

The taught element of this course can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. There is then an eight-month disseration period.

The MA comprises four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.  There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.

Each of the modules has a contact time of 30 hours. In addition, there will be 270 hours private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support. The module assignments have been designed to increase skills and criticality (incrementally). View our recommended reading list.

Full-time study

The course can be taken full-time over one academic year, with additional seminar support. You can view a sample timetable but please note this is subject to change.

Part-time study

The course can be taken part-time in Education Summer School only, with additional virtual learning support. Up to two modules will be studied each year.

Cohort study

Schools/groups of schools may negotiate sequence, timings and locations for the delivery of the modules, which may be provided off-site. A minimum number of participants is required for this route. Schools or groups of schools who are interested in this should contact the course leader directly.

The pattern of attendance for those wishing to study via this route is subject to negotiation and agreement with schools. Teaching may take place in schools, the University or a mixture of both in the evenings, during the day, weekends or in intensive blocks during school holidays. 

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent.

Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, will be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:

  • an overall score on the IELTS test* of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element
  • a pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham

*Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.

How to apply

Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:

Application deadlines
Mode of study students Start date Application deadline 
Full-time Home/EU and international 26 September 2016 1 September 2016 (international students must apply by 11 August 2016)

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course. Please visit our ROL pages for further information.



Modules for full-time and part-time study

  1. Leading Learning (30 credits)
  2. Effective Leadership and Change in Education (30 credits)
  3. Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits)
  4. Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)

Plus Dissertation (60 credits)

Full-time study module pattern
Module Term 
Modules 3 and 4 Autumn Term 2016
Modules 1 and 2 Spring Term 2017
Dissertation Summer Term 2017

Part-time study module pattern
Module Term 
Modules 3 and 4 Summer School 2016
Modules 1 and 2 Summer School 2017
Dissertation Spring 2018


Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 6,000 words. To complete the masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Up to date fees information and advice on funding opportunities can be found on our student fees and finance website.

The MA Educational Leadership and Management has multiple start dates and the fee you pay is determined by the start date you choose. Please use the table below to determine which fee year will apply to you, click on the appropriate link and then use the course title or course code to search for your fees.

Start date Fee year applicable 
September 2016 2016/17

UK/EU students

Opportunities for postgraduate funding through internal and external sources can be viewed on The University of Nottingham Graduate School website

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 91.9% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,833 with the highest being £39,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.    



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