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 Arts, Humanities and 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 

Optional module

Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

Optional module

Optional 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

This exciting module focuses on the ways in which leadership theories and strategies can be effectively utilised to apply quality procedures effectively, embedding equality and diversity. The module draws on a range of contemporary leadership and management theories, developing the critical and self-reflective and reflexive educational practitioner.  The whole range of educational contexts can be used in order to provide exemplars of how leadership can be empowering and the module will be of interest to all staff who have access to educational contexts.

  • Developing Leadership Capacity‌
This thought-provoking module is of interest to those in the wider field of education and educational leadership roles. It examines organisational change, the impact of social policy, how developed cultures impact upon those who work across all sectors: state maintained, for-profit, and non-profit, and the role that both Government and leadership teams play in this. There are opportunities for developing soft skills and learning how to utilise leadership strategies to impact on workplace development.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

How you will learn

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 contemporary leadership strategies and have the opportunity to complete psychometric tests.

How you're assessed 

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, Head Teachers, Executive Head teachers, 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

"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

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.

How to Apply

Full-time UK/EU and International Students

Part-time UK/EU Students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)


£600 per 20 credits*

£600 per 20 credits*


£13,500 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 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 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.

Pathway enquiries

Course leader: Melody Harrogate

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby