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Course Overview

Develop your understanding of leadership practices both nationally and internationally. Critically engage with theories of leadership and management including models of change. Develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a leadership role across the education sector. 

You might be a recent graduate hoping to become a leader in education. Through this course, we aim to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner and prepare you for an educational leadership position.

You’ll critique the space you work in (or hope to pursue a career in), studying theories that will disrupt your assumptions about education and challenge your ways of thinking. This is so that you can understand the different ways you might lead and manage in the workplace.

You’ll develop an understanding of the main educational leadership theories including transformational, transformative and ethical leadership. This involves exploring the relationship between leadership and developing effective organisations. You’ll also consider how educational context can influence leadership practice and how you can shape educational futures.

Course Structure

This course is one of four courses that make up our full-time masters in education courses. You’ll have some study sessions with students on our other full-time courses allowing you to collaborate across specialisms and be part of a lively, postgraduate community of learners.

Typically, you’ll study three core units and two option units. These option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into areas you’re passionate about, such as global policy or a practical community project. For further unit information, visit the course page.

In the first term, you’ll typically study the research design process, including how to formulate research questions and data collection approaches. This is to help you learn the skills you’ll need for your dissertation.

In the second term (January onwards), you’ll normally have the opportunity to choose two option units.

Your final assignment is a dissertation and you’ll choose the topic. Past dissertation topics have included how data is used to judge effective education, and how is leadership enacted through educational networks and school chains.


Visit the Educational Leadership and Management - MA page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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