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Education - Leadership and Policy MSc

Course Description

The Leadership and Policy pathway will help you develop the theoretical knowledge and skills to lead quality improvement and promote social justice within organisations. You will critically engage with ideas and practices related to leading and managing organisational change and educational effectiveness.

The programme is designed for professionals with, ideally, at least one year's full-time experience in education as a teacher, administrator, university lecturer or early-years practitioner.

The programme attracts a diverse cohort of professionals, who bring their unique perspectives and experience to our highly interactive teaching and learning. Graduates from the programme have gone on to become education ministers, advisers, school leaders and university-based researchers, and to lead training within business organisations.

Programme structure

Core units
-Introduction to Educational Inquiry
-Education Policy in a Global Context
-Quality and Improvement in Education
-Leading and Managing Change

Optional units
-Students studying this programme will be able to take optional units from across the school.

-You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Visit the Education - Leadership and Policy MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Zhanat Tutesheva

5257.jpg Competitiveness of a nation is firstly defined by the educational level of the country, so in this competitive world it is crucial to learn from successful experiences of developed countries. Britain, in particular, is prominent by its powerful knowledge economy in the world arena and having the opportunity to study here gives me a great chance to gain knowledge and develop world views.
Having this personal opportunity, through winning a ‘Bolashak Presidential Scholarship ’, I chose the University of Bristol for its Master course in Educational Leadership, which involves very important aspects such as Policy and Development in Education, Comparative and International Research in Education.

The course itself is designed to develop our skills as managers and leaders in this sphere and to teach us about the policy making in education in a global context. Teaching methodology is directed to developing the critical and analytical thinking of students, and helps us to participate in discourses by sharing our personal and professional views and I find it very interesting to have discussions and debates with people from around the world. Although it is challenging, I take pleasure in discovering totally new things for me and the warm atmosphere in the university makes learning enjoyable.

The teachers are very open and kind; they take care of the students’ needs and find students' comments valuable contributions to the study at this university. They arrange tutorials, meetings and parties where students can discuss everything relating to their study or personal lives. I feel really happy being a student of my teachers at Bristol University who always support me and give right directions in learning.

I enjoy the life in this city as well, as it has very interesting places to go and activities to do. There are many social clubs in the Students' Union which are convenient to attend. I attend ballroom dances and Bristol has a Latin American and Ballroom Dancing Society, which arranges competitions around the country.

Bristol is also well located for visiting other areas around the UK and Europe, to visit historical places, ancient palaces and museums.
The nature is very beautiful in Bristol, with swans in the harbourside and green areas around the city. I also enjoy the warm weather in Bristol as it is situated in the South of England. I love the city, my teachers and group mates and will miss them very much after returning home.


Entry Requirements

A UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally one year of professional experience.

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