MA Education: Leadership and Management
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
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.
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:
- Crafting Your Masters Study
- Evidence Based Practice
- Independent Study
Prescribed pathway modules
- Quality, Leadership and Management
- Developing Leadership Capacity
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.
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.
"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
"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
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.
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 Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 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.