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Course content

The MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who are interested in or presently working as middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. It will:

- improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international 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 critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
- promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation

A unique focus is the emphasis upon supporting practice based inquiry through which theories may be applied to practice in the workplace.

The programme is taught by experienced specialist staff with outstanding national and international reputations and teaching is informed by current research.

Course Content

The programme comprises four 30-credit modules, plus a dissertation.

• Leading Practice Based Inquiry
• Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
• Effective Leadership and Change in Education
• Issues in Educational leadership

Please note that all module details are subject to change

Part-time study - the programme can be taken through Summer School only, with additional virtual learning support. Normally two modules will be studied each year.

Full-time study - the programme can be taken full-time over one academic year, with additional seminar support.

Cohort applications
We welcome approaches from educational organisations who may wish to develop a bespoke cohort programme.

Schools/groups of schools may negotiate sequence, timings and locations for two of the modules, which may be provided off site.


Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Course Structure

The programme is normally a minimum of one year full-time study or two years’ part-time study, during which the participants attend sessions which may be in a range of patterns such as block weeks, weekdays, evenings, weekends or Summer School.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management.

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




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