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Education (Leadership and Management) (MA)

Course Description

This course is aimed at national and international current and future leaders from all education sectors, including administrators.

There are different ways to study this pathway. You can follow a more traditional one-year full-time or equivalent part-time route, but we also now offer a one-week summer school with follow-up distance learning opportunities, so you are able to study for the award while working full-time anywhere in the world. Students who follow the more traditional route are likely to take the first two modules listed below. Students who follow the summer school model will also study these modules, plus additional modules on strategic marketing and finance delivered by experts from Henley Business School.

Throughout the course, you will critically analyse key concepts in educational leadership and management theory and practice within the context of an ever-changing political climate and an increasing culture of both market and government accountability.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education-leadership-and-management.aspx

Modules include:

- Key Concepts in Educational Leadership: students will critically analyse key concepts in educational leadership and management theory and practice within a changing social and political context

- Leading and Managing Educational Change: students will examine the social, economic, cultural and political forces driving educational change and use case studies to investigate how individuals experience educational change

- Strategic Marketing for Education: designed to enable educators to understand the complexities of the contemporary marketplace and make effective strategic and tactical decisions to provide value for both their customers and institutions

- Managing Financial Resources: covers the topics of financial accounting, management accounting, finance and microeconomics.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

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

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply.

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