Why take this course?
If you want to develop your leadership and management knowledge and skills in educational settings and organisations, you will find that this course provides you with that opportunity. The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.
You can study this course through campus-based or distance learning.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
Use your current educational setting and workplace context, to ensure that your learning is meaningful and professionally relevant
Choose your method of study: full time; part-time (one evening a week over two years); or through flexible distance learning methods.
Stay connected to your lecturers through our online virtual learning environment
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education) who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.
All students must successfully complete a total of 7 assignments and submit a 12,000 - 15, 000 word Dissertation in order to attain the necessary 180 credits for the award of a Master of Science Degree. Students who have successfully submitted 4 assignments and attained 60 credits at MSc level may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management, or with a Diploma, providing they have successfully submitted a total of 7 assignments and attained 120 credits.
Education Policy, Strategy and Change (Campus-based only)
Leadership, Policy and Strategy (Distance learning only)
Management of People and Marketing in Public Organisations
Management of Resources, Finance and Information Systems
Research Methods in Education
Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.
All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.
The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists.
You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.
You will be guided through the assessment process for each unit by your tutors and there will be extensive online supporting materials. Assessments will include online tests and quizzes, reflective commentaries, case study work, article critiques, online discussions, research proposal and a dissertation. Many of the assessments will relate to analyses of your current (and possibly future) workplace contexts.
As a graduate of this programme, you may expect to develop your leadership and managerial career prospects, nationally or internationally, through the development of relevant skills, knowledge and experience. Many of our graduates have attained senior leadership and management positions in educational settings and organisations.