MA Education: Leadership and Management

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Start date: September or January 

Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years.

Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby

College: College of Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Why choose this pathway?

Are you interested in developing your leadership theories and management techniques?

  • What leadership theories are useful to you?
  • How can you better improve your centre’s leadership and management?
  • What leadership toolkits could you deploy?

This pathway is for you if you're interested in how leadership and management work. It is suitable for practitioners working in a variety of settings: primary, secondary, FE and HE, Adult or Community Learning and who wish to review or update their practice, and develop their careers. The pathway is also suitable for those who wish to gain knowledge in this specialist area at any point in their careers. 

What you will cover

Part time students 

As a part time student your studying will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term. 

Your first module will be ‘Crafting Your Masters Study’. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.

Here is an example of possible combination modules:

Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Pathway module  Option module
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Option module Option module/pathway

Evidence based practice module

Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Independent study with Leadership and Management focus 

Full time students 

As a full time student your studying will normally take place over one academic year.  The optional modules and pathway modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery

Here is an example of the combination of modules that you would choose:

Term 1 (Sept - Dec) Crafting Your Masters Study  (20 credits) Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) Optional or pathway module (20 credits)
Term 2 (Jan - March) Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits) Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop Optional or pathway module (20 credits)
Term 3 (April - June) Comparative Education (20 credits) Independent Study (Submit in August) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2

For both part time and full time students:

Core modules

  • Crafting Your Masters Study
  • Evidence Based Practice‌
  • Independent Study‌

Prescribed pathway modules

  • Quality, Leadership and Management‌
  • Developing Leadership Capacity‌

How you will learn

Your sessions are designed to be interactive, utilising a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as mini-lectures, seminar discussions and ‘hands on’ practical activities relating to leadership and management.

You'll have the opportunity to apply theory into your practice through developing academic posters, and will learn about toolkits by having the opportunity to complete psychometric tests. 

Assessment will take the form of an academic poster and written assignment.

Careers and employability

Our graduates hold a wide range of leadership roles in education, across most sectors, from nurseries all the way to through to HE. We currently have Principals, Headteachers, Executive Headteachers, Vice-Principals, and Deputy Heads on our pathway. In addition to these groups, we have those who aspire to senior leader roles in education - particularly those who currently hold middle management positions. The synergy that can be gained from getting individuals together who hold leadership roles, and adding those who are keen to join them, is not to be under-estimated. Graduates of our programme also return to discuss ideas, and their challenges, with current students.

What our students say

"The learning environment has been really enjoyable, the group size has meant that we are all individuals and our voices heard. Whilst we are all involved in education we are from different sectors – shared experience has meant more lively discussions."

Fiona Ellwood, current student

"The support from the lecturers has been exemplary be it by e-mail, phone and tutorials. The lectures are always thought providing, well designed and very supportive of the aims and outcomes of the modules."

Andrea Allen, graduate

Read Andrea's story here.

"The constant support allows growth in the area at every level and being able to access digital resources at home minimise travel time and maximise study time."

David Ainscough, graduate

Read more about David here.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification and a role within education that will allow you to complete the work based assignments. Even if you don’t have these entry requirements it’s worth contacting us if you have relevant professional experience as we may be able to consider your application.

Fees and finance

2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)


£580 per 20 credits*

£580 per 20 credits*


£12,000 for the full programme


*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

How to apply

UK/EU Students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Pathway enquiries

Contact name: Melody Harrogate
T: +44 (0)1332 591703

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby