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MA Education: Leadership and Management

Course Description

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners.

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice.


We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice based inquiry, in which you will relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership and learn how to bring about change and improvement.


In the first trimester, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the ways economics, politics and society determine educational policy and the context in which leaders operate. We’ll introduce you to the key practices of effective leadership. You’ll use this knowledge to critically explore how leadership strategically brings about educational change through understanding theories of change and drawing on your own professional experience.

In the second trimester, you’ll undertake research within educational settings, exploring a range of different methodologies. In this trimester you'll also have the opportunity to study for two elective modules, one of which may be chosen from one of the other MA Education pathways.

In your final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation (15,000 - 20,000 words) on a aspect of educational leadership that particularly interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also be able to attend optional research seminars.

For more information on modules, please go to the course website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/


All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Lectures and seminars typically take place in the early evening, to accommodate students who may be working.

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. In some modules you may be assessed by presentations or online activity.


You’ll graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge, that's well placed to apply for middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course. The grounding in academic work provides a foundation for further research at PhD level which can lead to employment in Higher Education.

For more information on opportunities, please go to the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/

Visit the MA Education: Leadership and Management page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Isabel Gutierrez

I was working as the Education Manager for a Music College in Bristol, where Bath Spa University are a partner, and I chose to do this course as professional development. As I was working full-time it suited me that I could undertake the course part-time with all contact sessions taking place in the evening. The use of the virtual learning environment and library resource was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the intellectual stretching that the academic literature encouraged, along with the evaluative reflection on my work practices and professionalism. The lecturers on the course were inspiring and I received excellent supervision for my dissertation research project. The campus is also a beautiful and peaceful place to study.

Having this master’s qualification opens more doors and potentially new directions for my career. For example I am currently working on compiling a journal article for publication, and have also been invited to present my ideas as part of a training programme at the HEI where I work. This course provides an opportunity to take stock of your own knowledge and professional experience, leading to a journey of personal development and change.


Entry Requirements

You’ll typically have an undergraduate degree in Education or a related Social Science discipline. Ideally you’ll be working within an educational context and have some experience of leadership, either formally or informally.

Last Updated

28 July 2017

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