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Education - Leadership and Policy MSc

Course Description

The Leadership and Policy pathway will help you develop the theoretical knowledge and skills to lead quality improvement and promote social justice within organisations. You will critically engage with ideas and practices related to leading and managing organisational change and educational effectiveness.

The programme is designed for professionals with, ideally, at least one year's full-time experience in education as a teacher, administrator, university lecturer or early-years practitioner.

The programme attracts a diverse cohort of professionals, who bring their unique perspectives and experience to our highly interactive teaching and learning. Graduates from the programme have gone on to become education ministers, advisers, school leaders and university-based researchers, and to lead training within business organisations.

Programme structure

Core units
-Introduction to Educational Inquiry
-Education Policy in a Global Context
-Quality and Improvement in Education
-Leading and Managing Change

Optional units
-Students studying this programme will be able to take optional units from across the school.

-You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Visit the Education - Leadership and Policy MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally one year of professional experience.

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