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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

About the course

This MSc recognises that a high-quality educational system depends on leaders from all walks of life and all types of positions, regardless of title. It is intended, therefore, to provide leadership development for people who work in all manner of roles in the educational system: classroom teachers, formal school leaders, local authority personnel, policymakers, and any individual with a direct interest in the primary and post-primary school sectors.

In the current climate there is an expectation that leadership within educational institutions should be focused on: improving student performance, providing high quality learning experiences as well as the professional development and motivation of staff.

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Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

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Where is Queen’s University Belfast


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Student Profile(s)


Why did you choose to study for the Educational Leadership (MSc) at Queen’s School of Education?
There are two main reasons why I chose the School of Education at Queen’s. The first reason is that MSc Educational Leadership is appropriate to people who have a leadership position as well as a teacher position. Secondly, this programme helps teachers to become teacher leaders within a school. In addition, you can gain extensive knowledge about school leadership which is helpful for both positions.
Queen’s University Belfast is a member of Russell Group. When I surfed the Internet, I found useful information about SEP (Sharing Education Program) supported by Queen’s researchers. So, I decided to study at QUB.
What have you found most interesting or useful about the course?
I have an opportunity to communicate with local students in order to improve my English level. Also, as an international student, I can share ideas and knowledge with my local colleagues who have a particular experience in school leadership and management.
Has the course enhanced your existing knowledge?
I have acquired good knowledge about theory and practice of educational leadership that I can apply in my school as a leader and as a teacher. Moreover, I started reading so many academic articles and books which I have never done before. The library is excellent and you can find different periodicals from older to newer ones.
What is your experience of the teaching support and student facilities at Queen’s?
The teaching support and student facilities are excellent. If I want to improve my academic skills, I can go to Student Guidance Centre where the specialists give professional advice and good direction how to write academic essay which is useful for international students. Also, I have got an access to different educational databases via QOL (Queen’s Online) as well as through the McClay Library.
What are your experiences of living in Belfast?
Belfast is nice and attractive. There are many shops, malls, theatres, cinemas and night clubs in Belfast. Generally speaking, international students from different states can easily find ethnic food shops here. Moreover, we always celebrate different festivals and holidays together within Students Union (SU). As for university accommodation, Willow Walk apartments are the best ones - I think designed for those students who would like to do Master’s and PhD degrees. In addition, rental prices of University A

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