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MA Educational Leadership in Practice (Blended online course)

The University of Manchester
Course summary
2 years
Part time
Next available date: February 2021 - Online courses
Course Dates
Online courses
February 2021

Online courses
September 2021

Course description

MA Educational Leadership in Practice

Our online learning MA in Educational Leadership in Practice caters to the training needs of professionals around the world, whether you're looking to enhance your skills in leadership within schools or further your career in this area.

Successful leaders in education require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge in areas such as in education and social policy, leading organisational and educational change.

At the start of your course in February, you'll have the chance to network with academics teaching the course, meet your peers and grow your network of global educational practitioners at a three-day conference in Manchester.

Suitability - Who should attend?

A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent. An initial qualification in teaching, or at least one year's professional experience in a public or private educational organisation, are desirable but not essential requirements.

Two satisfactory professional or academic references and a copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.

English language

In the case of non-native speakers of English an IELTS profile of 6.5 overall with no less that 6.5 in the writing component and no other subsection below 6.0.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Degree awarded

Master of Arts

The course will equip you and develop:

  • A deep understanding of the theories, research and intellectual debates of the best leadership practice across the globe;
  • The oppportunity to develop networking opportunities with educational leaders in academia and within the sector;
  • A personal development plan for the year ahead;
  • The skills and knowledge to be the positive change your educational organisation requires by developing a critical approach to educational leadership and not a functionalist one;
  • The skills to use collaborative tools for online interaction;
  • Flexible and relevant tranferable skills of leadership that educational leaders require in their career and beyond.

Training Course Content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Models of Educational Leadership
  • Engaging with Educational Research

Semester 2

  • Leading Educational Change and Development
  • Education Policy and Leadership

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Educational Leadership as a Social Practice
  • APL or optional units

Semester 4

  • Research skills and application of research to professional practice
  • Project

Course delivery details

Blended learning

The MA Educational Leadership in Practice is a blended-learning programme. This means course content is delivered online using web-enabled technology systems, with your lectures and tutorials delivered online.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend industry conferences at one of our International Centres twice a year. The conferences are a great way of meeting your fellow peers on the course, your tutors and industry leaders.


Please visit our website for detailed pricing information.

Continuing Studies

This is a great opportunity for educators who are looking to step into management or more senior level role, including a leadership role. You will be able to use your critical experience gained on the course, working on real-world projects, in your workplace.

This course will benefit those working in the educational sector already and who want to understand and develop their leadership practice in their organisation.

This course will equip you, the leader, with the tools you need to support and defend your own educational inititaives, as well as your own teachers and students.

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 The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester is recognized across the globe for its research and teaching quality, covering undergraduate and postgraduates programs, as well as specially designed online and blended learning courses to allow...

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M13 9PL Manchester

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