This distance learning course is ideal if you are looking to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences the experiences of staff and students.
It is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities and other educational providers. Drawing on UK and international research, much of which has been conducted by those who teach on the course, it seeks to:
- improve understanding of leadership practices, both nationally and internationally, in social, cultural, political and policy contexts
- strengthen knowledge of leadership and change management
- utilize 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 organizations
- enable a deeper understanding of your organisation, and the environment in which you operate
- promote the development of you, your colleagues and your organisation
A key focus is on supporting practice-based inquiry and how this can be applied to the way you work.
You will engage with the latest education research relating to leadership and management and will learn how to conduct research in order to drive development and change your own professional content.
The School of Education has an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research in educational leadership and management. Its staff is world-leading in this field.
"From the first session, I had a strong feeling that this course is what I was really looking for. I have been learning different theories and concepts of leadership in education; we have been discussing academic papers and case-studies on the issues of educational leadership, organizational and individual development, and practice-based inquiry."
- Phil Taylor - Course Leader (contact for academic inquiries)
- Dr. Andrew Townsend
- Dr. Kay Fuller
- Professor Howard Stevenson
- Professor Qing Gu
- Professor Christopher Day
- Dr. Paul Armstrong
- Dr. Kevin Richardson
The staff listed above are supported by a larger team of tutors.
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
Online course materials and support
You will study online through the University's virtual learning environment, typically taking two modules a year for two years, and concluding with your dissertation. Each module requires an equivalent of 30 hours of online engagement, plus 270 hours of private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadlines apply:
- Start date:3 September 2018, application deadline:6 August 2018
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.
- Practice-Based Inquiry
- Effective Leadership and Change in Education
- Issues in Educational Leadership
- Leading Learning
- Understanding Individual and Organisational Development
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our graduates include counselors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.
Employability and average starting salary
99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent) or a relevant professional qualification
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated February 17, 2018