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This pathway will benefit teachers and educationalists from all education sectors, including administration, who are looking to enhance their skills, share knowledge and develop professionally.

Aimed at ambitious educational leaders and future leaders, this master's course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis and is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of busy professionals and to reflect your own interests.

Up to date research evidence supports and underpins everything we do, helping you to deepen your understanding of teaching and learning. You will analyse the key concepts in educational leadership and management theory within the context of an over-changing political climate and increasing accountability.

The course also provides an excellent foundation to doctoral studies in Education or for our successful part-time Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

At the Institute of Education we recognise the uniqueness of every student and we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. Tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.


The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including:

  • modern laboratories
  • musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
  • well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.

Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space to relax in.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching and research resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.


The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.

This apply for this pathway, please submit an application for the MA Education and confirm your choice of pathway in your Statement of Purpose.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Values and Practices in Education: an overview of key philosophical, social, cultural and political debates about education
  • Investigating Education: provides both theoretical and practical knowledge to support educational research and enquiry.
  • Key concepts in educational leadership: students will critically analyse key concepts in educational leadership and management theory and practice within a changing social and political context
  • Leading and managing educational change: students will examine the social, economic, cultural and political forces driving educational change
  • Improving Teaching and Learning: enables students to explore an aspect of teaching and learning practice and to evaluate this in light of research evidence.

Please see our module guide for more information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.

Visit the Education (Leadership and Management) MA page on the University of Reading website for more details!