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Educational Leadership and Management (by distance learning) Masters (MA)

Course Description

Course overview

The MA Educational Leadership and Management (by distance learning) is designed for those who are interested in or presently working as middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. It will:

- improve understanding of leadership practices in national and international social, cultural, political and policy contexts
strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
- utilise existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational leadership
- engage in critical discussion of a range of practices in the leadership and management of other adults in organisations
- enable a deeper critical understanding of the organisation, and the environment in which course members operate
- promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation

A unique focus is the emphasis upon supporting practice based inquiry through which theories may be applied to practice in the workplace.

The programme is informed by current research and taught by experienced specialist staff with outstanding national and international teaching, research and publications reputations.

Course content

The course can be completed over two years part-time. It is taken through online learning via the university virtual learning environment. Normally this would involve studying two modules per year for two years, and will conclude with a dissertation.

You can start this course in January or July each year.

The MA comprises four 30-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

- Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
- Effective Leadership and Change in Education
- Issues in Educational Leadership
- Leading Practice Based Inquiry

Each of the modules has an equivalent of 30 hours contact time. In addition, there will be 270 hours private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support. The module assignments have been designed to increase skills and criticality (incrementally).

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience, and allow you to make decisions about which aspects of a module to work on when, at what pace (modules must be taken in the order stated above). You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and the module units will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis, and discussion boards.

Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words. To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.


Visit the Educational Leadership and Management (by distance learning) Masters (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 or above (or international equivalent); applicants with qualifications other than a 1st degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, are considered on an individual basis; English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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