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MSc Educational Leadership (Distance Learning/Online)

Course Description

The MSc in Educational Leadership offers a fascinating insight into an arena that has changed remarkably over recent years. Leading and promoting optimal learning is the key challenge that confronts educational leaders, advisers, policy makers and governments.

Course Outline

Finding the connections between leadership and learning is not easy and involves change and reform in organisations. These three key themes - leadership, learning and change - are the basis of this course.

This postgraduate degree will enable you to reflect upon practice in your organisation, identify areas of professional concern and become equipped to find solutions and lead change. The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of practitioners in diverse settings internationally who consider themselves involved in education.

We recognise the importance of connecting theory with practice. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform practice in your work setting. Your personal development will equip you to lead change in your organisation.

Former students have also found gaining this respected MSc useful in gaining promotions and developing career pathways.

Programme Structure

For the MSc all students are required to complete three 30 credit subject modules, a 30 credit research methods module in two parts over two years, and a 60 credit dissertation. Students must meet assignment deadlines and are expected to complete the course in two years.


- Educational Leadership and Change
- External Influences on Educational Leadership
- Organisational Effectiveness, Improvement and Transformation
- Research Methods
- Dissertation


You will be assessed for each module by written assignments, there are no examinations for this programme. The assignments for 30 credit modules will total between 5,000-6,000 words per module. The dissertation requires one report of between 15,000-20,000 words.

The assignments should take around 225 hours of study and the dissertation should take around 450 hours.

You can expect to work 14 hours per week. There is some scope in the programme to block some of this workload into school holidays, reducing the demands during term time.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Start Dates

February, June and October

Visit the MSc Educational Leadership (Distance Learning/Online) page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a UK second class honours degree or its equivalent OR UK Qualified Teacher Status or its equivalent professional status in an educational organisation AND ideally at least three years teaching experience / three years with equivalent professional status in an educational organisation.

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