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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    03-OCT-21, 03-OCT-22

  • Duration

    45 weeks

Course summary

What is Educational Leadership MA?

This course is an essential basis for school leaders who want to understand what the academic field has to contribute to their understanding of leadership. It explains how leaders, leading and leadership have moved from obscurity to centre stage over recent years.

You’ll develop a deep critical understanding of how leadership is applied to educational settings. The course is designed to explore how we lead people and organisations from multiple perspectives – such as psychology, sociology, management and organisational theory. This will allow you to consider and reflect on new ideas, and critique your own practice in light of theory and research.

Study style

You’ll be taught through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. This interactive approach will support you in critically reflecting on your own leadership and how you can apply this to the organisations and the individuals around you. Your learning will be assessed 100% by coursework.

Examples of topics include:

  • exploring interactions between leadership and management
  • organisational theories and influence on leadership
  • the question of values and purposes
  • what can leadership approaches in the business sector tell us about leadership in education?
  • identifying leadership in your own organisation
  • recognising and using leadership theory in practice
  • the role of psychology in leadership
  • evaluating the value of leadership models
  • strategy and change.

Possible careers

Depending on their starting point, graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Subject Leader or Co-ordinator
  • Assistant Head Teacher
  • Deputy or Head Teacher
  • Educational/Training Leader in any organisation.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,700overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

A diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Placements, internships, trips and career experiences help prepare students for success after graduation.
A wide range of bursaries and merit scholarships are available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    122 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.23 85%



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