M.Sc. Educational Leadership and Management

Manchester Metropolitan University | Manchester , United Kingdom
The MA Educational Leadership and Management is offered at the Manchester Metropolitan University and it provides the opportunity for educational and public sector professionals to critical analyse leadership and management in educational settings.



This course is aimed at those who wish to become educational leaders / managers, and those who wish to explore the transformative possibilities of education. Students will study theories of leadership and management and the complex ways in which they relate to their own context. This includes critically analysing current models relating to leading change, organisational culture, managing people and resources and the impact of leadership on organisational effectiveness.

The MA Educational Leadership and Management is offered at the Manchester Metropolitan University and it provides the opportunity for educational and public sector professionals to critical analyse leadership and management in educational settings.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop their understandings of transformative and ethical leadership, and explore the contribution of educational leadership in delivering social change and equality in global contexts. The programme draws upon the outstanding specialised research and expertise developed within our Centre for Educational Leadership and Management.

Features & benefits of the course
  • Study at our £139 million new Brooks Building which has world-class facillities for teaching and learning
  • Close collaboration with ESRI, including guests speakers and conferences
  • Suitable for non-EU international applicants who are welcomed and supported by MMU International

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6030 Year (EEA)

*Tuition fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

In term one, students undertake two core units. The unit ‘Leadership and Management in Educational Settings’ explores the different educational leadership discourses and relevant management theories and concepts. The unit ‘Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design’ is interconnected with the other full-time Masters awards in the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society programme and enables, from the outset, a consideration of the ways in which knowledge is generated in the field of educational leadership and management.

In term two, students are able to choose two options from a selection (see over); taught units offered develop students’ ability to critically engage with published research and to develop their own research skills in support of their own fields of interest. The optional unit ‘Transformative and Educational Leadership’ enables students to reflect on how they can shape the future and develop their own values based identity as an educational leader.

The full-time MA Educational Leadership and Management is normally timetabled for teaching on two days a week (currently Tuesdays and Thursdays), with additional independent, guided study requirements. As well as (30 credit) taught units of study, this course also provides opportunities to gain practice experience in UK educational contexts, and every student undertakes a (60 credit) dissertation, allowing in-depth and extended study in an area of interest and relevance.

Year 1
Term 1 Units
  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design
  • Leadership and Management in Educational Settings
Term 2 Units
  • Students take two optional units from the following:
  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice Based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings
Terms 2 and 3
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

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Typical entry requirements
  • Standard MMU admission requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply: applicants need to have an honours degree, or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree.
  • Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if students are able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard.
Language requirements
  • International applicants need to demonstrate English Language requirements at: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, TOEFL computer-based 230.
  • Award leaders may interview applicants exceptionally where IELTS scores are very close to the overall average of 6.5, and where applicants can bring examples of their writing.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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