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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management


  • Start Date

    September, July

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time including dissertation, 2 years part-time via summer school plus dissertation

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019


This course is ideal if you are looking to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. 

It is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities and other educational providers, as well as those with an academic interest in studying educational leadership and management.

Drawing on UK and international research, much of which has been conducted by those who teach on the course, it seeks to:

  • improve understanding of leadership practices, both nationally and internationally, in social, cultural, political and policy contexts
  • strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
  • utilise existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
  • engage in critical discussion of a range of practices in the leadership and management of other adults in organisations
  • enable a deeper understanding of your organisation, and the environment in which you operate
  • promote the development of you, your colleagues and your organisation

A key focus is on supporting practice-based inquiry and how this can be applied to the way you work.

You will engage with the latest education research relating to leadership and management and will learn how to conduct research in order to drive development and change your own professional content.

Key facts

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time/via summer school plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is available to individuals and cohorts from schools/consortiums.

Each module requires an equivalent of 30 hours of teaching, plus 270 hours of private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support.


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.

Full-time study

This course can be taken over one year full-time, with seminar and tutorial support.

Part-time study

This course can be taken over two years part-time via summer school, with additional virtual learning support. You will typically study up to two modules per year.

Cohort applicants

We welcome approaches from schools/consortiums who would like to negotiate sequence, timings and locations for the delivery of modules, which may be provided off-site. A minimum number of participants is required for this route and teaching may take place during twilight sessions after school, on inset or holiday days, or at weekends.


Full-time study

Term one

  • Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Effective Leadership and Change in Education (30 credits)

Term two

  • Leading Learning (30 credits)
  • Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits)

Term three

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Part-time study

Modules are rotated each year.

Year one

  • Effective Leadership and Change in Education (30 credits)
  • Leading Learning (30 credits)

Year two

  • Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Practice Based Inquiry (30 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Visit the Educational Leadership and Management MA page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!




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