Tuition fee:
  • € 5,695 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: July  2015, September  2015, October  2015, January  2016, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This course has been designed for education professionals who are actively involved in teaching, learning support, educational leadership and educational organisation. It has a flexible approach and enables you to organise your studies to suit your own career development and focus on an area of personal interest.

The course comprises a mandatory Research Methods in Education module and a dissertation linked to your chosen MA Education pathway. You will be given a wide choice of units to study and the opportunity to conduct research in a diverse range of contexts.

In addition to the possibility of working with groups in the workplace, you may accredit professional qualifications against your Master's degree credit, to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course.

Why choose this course?

This Master degree in education will help you develop the skills and knowledge to effectively make informed decisions about how to progress your department or your school. It will also enhance your Continuous Professional Development and support the development of your career should you wish to seek management or headship positions.

During the course you will:

* Benefit from the opportunity for professional progression in education, either in classroom practice or educational leadership
* Be able to study part-time to fit in with existing work commitments
* Gain the chance to tailor the course to suit your individual needs and preferences
* Develop your practice with the support of a motivated and experienced postgraduate team
* Choose your focus and opt to specialise in one of the areas of study



You are required to submit the assessment identified for each unit of study. Clear details of the core learning outcomes, assessment criteria and M-Level criteria are identified in the Course Handbook and / or unit handbook. The assessment you complete will depend on the units you choose. As far as possible, assessment across units has been designed to give you experience of a wide range of assessment tools.

The specific focus of each assessment will be negotiated with your unit tutor to ensure that the assessment meets your personal and professional needs and is appropriate to your chosen focus and unit.

The course provides you with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitates your development via formative and summative assessments.

The Research Methods in Education unit is specifically designed to support you in preparing and planning for your dissertation. It is important that the developmental feedback provided on this unit is used to inform the development of your dissertation. The first meeting with your dissertation supervisor will be a discussion of your completed Research Methods in Education unit, to provide a framework for your next steps.

Educational Aims

The MA Education (Leadership and Management) aims to provide a coherent, personalised and progressive framework for your professional learning and career development by integrating progression in the demonstration of relevant professional practice with Masters Level requirements. The course is focused on supporting you in developing your practice and knowledge of leadership and management in education.

The course aims to build on your previous training and experience through a progressive learning framework, which culminates in the completion of a piece of sustained research, the dissertation. You will develop and demonstrate professional standards and skills at Masters Level in critical reflection and systematic enquiry. The course will support you in selecting, critically engaging with, evaluating and applying to your practice the research, literature and policy frameworks for leadership and management in education.


A good Honours degree or degree equivalent or substantial experience in an appropriate educational or related field. e.g. Nurse Educator, FE Lecturer or Educational Administrator Non-graduates with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be considered if they have a Diploma in Education and/or substantial teaching experience.

We welcome applications from students with ethnically diverse backgrounds, students returning to education and international students. We also support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.

If English is a second language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater, or a TOEFL score of 650 or greater, or an approved equivalent must be supplied.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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