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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education.

The course develops an individual’s professional knowledge in relation to their current context by building on the significant experience and expertise which students will bring with them to the course.

Why Study Educational Leadership with us?

Our philosophy of learning links to professional practice, theories of leadership and work-based enquiry for improvement. Most importantly, it acknowledges work undertaken in the workplace.

If you engage in the course you will:

- develop your critical thinking skills and become a reflective practitioner

- be able to articulate informed opinions with confidence

- become a confident researcher who will be aware of theoretical frameworks and current political agendas

- become a confident and effective leader.

You can enter the course by making a claim for previous learning through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process, for example holders of National College of Teaching and Leadership awards - and then undertake modules for the remainder of your course taking into account your setting and individual needs.

On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) award in Strategic Leadership.

What will I learn?

You will complete a series of modules which you will be able to select in order to meet your needs and interests. The modules will develop your understanding of leadership and your ability to respond to the variety of leadership situations that you will find yourself in.

Teachers working in a faith-based context may take Leading in Faith Schools and gain a named award: Educational Leadership (Faith Schools).

How will I be taught?

Our course is taught twice termly on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm at Riverside Campus. Each module equates to approximately 200 hours of study. You will study one module per term, and you should factor these hours into your existing work.

You will benefit from experienced tutors with recent relevant experience in a range of education settings.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments include: essays, portfolios of your own learning, academic posters and research-based projects.

This course is assessed by 100% coursework, and the structure of the course means that you are only working on one assignment at any one time.

Work Based Learning

We encourage individuals on the course to draw on their own experiences in educational settings, particularly when carrying out assessed pieces of work. It is important that individuals understand how theories are implemented and work in the workplace. Therefore, we are keen to extent learnign to real leadership situations.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.

Visit the Educational Leadership (Chester) page on the University of Chester website for more details!




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