Educational Leadership (Specialist Qualification for Headship) MSc


Online University of Stirling    Education and Social Sciences

Part time August PGCert, PGDip, MSc 36 months (not continuous) Award winner
Business & Management (5) Education (11)

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Embark on a transformative journey towards educational leadership excellence with the MSc in Educational Leadership (Specialist Qualification for Headship). This practice-based course offers aspiring and early-career school leaders the opportunity to cultivate essential knowledge and skills required for impactful leadership in the education sector. The course, developed in collaboration with Education Scotland and key stakeholders, provides two distinct routes – Into Headship and In Headship – both nationally approved Postgraduate Certificates. Through a blend of face-to-face and online teaching, you will enhance your leadership and management practices within a supportive learning environment. The programme's flexible study route allows you to balance coursework with existing commitments, while the practice-based learning is tailored to your Professional Standards framework. By completing six modules over three years, you will develop critical reflection, strategic leadership competencies, and professional networks essential for driving positive change in educational settings. To qualify, applicants must hold a relevant Honours degree and be registered or eligible to register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. If you aspire to head teacher positions in Scotland, this course is your gateway to success.

About the course

Our Masters in Educational Leadership is a practice-based course for aspiring and early-career school leaders. The Into Headship and In Headship routes in the Specialist Qualification for Headship are nationally approved Postgraduate Certificates developed in partnership with Education Scotland and other stakeholders across the education community. 

The course cultivates the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to put informed strategic vision, values and aims into practice – helping you to lead change for improvement wherever you work. Through your studies, you’ll further develop your leadership and management practices in supportive, creative and challenging learning environments.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Applicants for the MSc Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) should be registered or eligible to register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Prospective applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate “Into Headship” must have demonstrated experience of significant leadership practice as appropriate in their sector and be sponsored by their local authority to apply through Education Scotland. You must normally be within two to three years of taking up a post as a head teacher and be sponsored by your local authority.




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