The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
Recommended reading list
Appropriate journals include:
- British Educational Research Journal
- British Journal of Educational Studies
- Educational Action Research
- Educational Management, Administration and Leadership
- Harvard Business Review
- Improving Schools
- International Studies in Educational Administration
- International Journal of Leadership in Education
- Journal of Educational Administration
- Journal of Education Policy
- Leadership and Policy in Schools
- London Review of Education
- Management in Education
- Oxford Review of Education
- Personnel Management
- School Effectiveness and School Improvement
- School Leadership and Management
- Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
- Teaching and Teacher Education
There are also several international resources available online.
Online course materials and support
You will study online through the University's virtual learning environment, typically taking two modules a year for two years, and concluding with your dissertation. Each module requires an equivalent of 30 hours of online engagement, plus 270 hours of private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadlines apply:
|Start date||Application deadline|
|2 September 2019
||5 August 2019
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.