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Education Management and Leadership MA

Course Description

This programme is designed for managers and leaders in a variety of educational settings including: schools, government offices and NGO’s. Through this course, students will explore the nature of leadership and management in educational settings. Study support groups will provide an opportunity for you to be given structured advice about your assignments and practical help with organising your work, conducting literature searches and managing your reading. These support groups will additionally afford you an opportunity to work in teams with other students on the course and with the support of experienced researchers.

Course content

Aspects of leadership and management that will be taught in this programme include: distributed leadership and communities of practice, school evaluation and school improvement, and leadership in an international context. There is a specific module on coaching and mentoring. Finally there is the flexibility to study an aspect of leadership in depth via the thesis.

Course modules (16/17)

-Perspectives on Leadership and Management
-Approaches to Leadership and Management
-Research Methods
-Research Thesis
-Developing and Supporting Others
-Investigating Professional Practice 1 and 2
-International Perspectives on Education
-Designing for the 21st Century Learning

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves up to 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for three hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over three years will be expected to do one third of this. They should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week. There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.


For part-time students, the course is structured over three years. However, if master’s level (level 7 credits) have been attained on other courses including the PGCE, NPQH, or programmes run by University of Northampton then it is possible to complete this MA in just two years.


The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Students will complete their final dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor.

Facilities and Special Features

The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching, and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and Internationally.


Often leads to job promotion within the field of education.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class Honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with other qualifications, in particular those with recent professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English Language requirements of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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