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MA Education Leadership and Management

Course Description


This postgraduate programme is designed to offer professionals the opportunity to engage in systematic and analytical enquiry into the theory and practice of leadership and management in education. Students will use the knowledge and skills gained to improve their own practice, in leadership and management roles, across the whole range of educational institutions and related organisations.

While keeping a concern for people and human flourishing at its forefront, the course will strengthen your understanding of advanced scholarship in educational leadership and management, and of how the established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Using this approach, you will be able to critically examine the organisations and systems in which you work, and achieve outcomes for stakeholders.

This course will encourage you to specialise in your particular areas of interest, reflecting your professional role and future career goals in education leadership and management.

Modules are normally taught at early evening sessions. Full time students usually attend between three and four days a week. Part time students in full time employment usually take three years to complete the full MA and they normally attend one evening in the autumn semester and two in the spring/summer semester.

The programme provides opportunities to engage with current research covering a broad range of issues and recent thinking, and is informed by active research and scholarship in the development of educational leadership and management theory and practice. The University of Roehampton’s School of Education undertakes leading research, and is committed to working in partnership with people, families and communities. The school also puts an emphasis on the development of students in their professionalism and commitment to social justice. The programme has an international profile and brings together students at postgraduate level from around the world.


You will study leadership and management in educational contexts from international perspectives to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice. Specifically, modules will cover aspects such as leading teaching and learning, developing staff and teams, organisational theory and strategy. These modules will take a people-focused approach, to understand the complexities of individuals and teams, and wider groups such as the staff, the organisation itself and beyond.

The programme enables you to specialise in particular areas of interest by giving a choice in your assignment and dissertation topics so your study has an immediate relevance and also prepares you for your future development as a practitioner and as a researcher.

If you are currently in a senior management position, then a special route may be possible for you depending upon your experience and courses completed with organisations such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

A key aspect of the Education Leadership and Management MA is the undertaking of a piece of research. You will study the foundational skills and concepts in academic enquiry, and planning for your specialist research. Your research will be in the form of a dissertation, as a means of critically enquiring into and developing knowledge about an issue or question relevant to your study.

Visit the MA Education Leadership and Management page on the University of Roehampton website for more details!

Student Profiles

TDA funding for Masters programmes in the School of Education - 20+ Awards

Tuition fees for 2008/09 are normally £1,233 for 60 credits. Teachers who successfully apply for TDA funding for a 60-credit Postgraduate Certificate can claim up to £800 towards their fees, thereby reducing the cost to £433. Teachers who hold a degree or PGCE from Roehampton are entitled to a further 10 per cent reduction on this figure, meaning that the overall cost for three modules would be £390.Funded study must relate to one or more of the following areas:subject knowledge
special and inclusive education
working with other professionals
school leadership
school/local priorities.The School of Education’s postgraduate scheme at Roehampton University features a diverse range of areas such as Education Leadership and Management; Special and Inclusive Education; and Theory and Practice of Mentoring; as well as individual curriculum areas such as Art, Craft and Design; ICT and Multimedia; and Physical Education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £800


Teachers with QTS and who are resident in England are eligible to apply to Roehampton for funding to undertake their masters-level study. Significant levels of funding recently made available by the Training and Development Agency (TDA) are aimed at supporting teachers who commit to 60 credits of masters-level study during an academic year. Funding is available to teachers of pupils and students of all age groups, from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stages 1 to 4 and post-16 education.

Application Procedure

Contact details
For further information please contact Elaine Hilides (email: [email protected], tel: 020 8392 3382).

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You are usually expected to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad. Advice on recognition may be obtained from the Admissions Manager. Non-graduates with appropriate professional or other qualifications may be accepted on an individual basis by course conveners. The level of English required is ACADEMIC IELTS at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. See further details at View Website

Course Fees

£5,916 (2017; full-time UK/EU) (£329 per ten credits); £13,520 (2017; full-time International) (£752 per ten credits)

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