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

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
2 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, online

Course starts
January, July

International course fees
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About Educational Leadership and Management (by distance learning) at University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham School of Education has an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research in educational leadership and management. The staff team are world leading in this field and are all involved in teaching and research.

The School's flagship leadership programme, The MA Educational Leadership and Management is designed for those who have experience of working in schools and colleges and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students. The programme draws on research from the UK and internationally, much of it conducted by those teaching on the programme. It seeks to:

  • 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.

You will engage with the latest education research relating to leadership and management and also learn how to conduct research in order to drive development and change in your own professional context.

Course Structure
The MA Educational Leadership and Management (distance learning) 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. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

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).

Unless otherwise stated, each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 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.


  • Effective Leadership and Change in Education
  • Issues in Educational Leadership
  • Practice Based inquiry
  • Understanding Individual and Organisational Development OR Leading Learning
  • Dissertation

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-time, OnlineHow long you will study2 - 4 years
    Course startsJanuary, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

IELTS test of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element

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