Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 3-6 years

UK/EU fee

£600 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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 study

Part-time and full-time students

Core modules

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.

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:

DurationTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Optional module Independent study with Leadership and Management focus 
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Pathway module  Optional module/pathway Independent study with Leadership and Management focus 
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Optional module Evidence based practice module 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)Term 2 (Jan - March)Term 3 (April - June)
Crafting Your Masters Study  (20 credits) Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits) Comparative Education (20 credits)
Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop Independent Study (Submit in August)
Optional or pathway module (20 credits) Independent Study (Submit in August) Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2

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.

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 funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£600 per 20 credits*

£600 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*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.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

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

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Scholarships and bursaries

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

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How to apply

Full-time

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Part-time

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Careers

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.

Programme leader

Melody Harrogate

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

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.

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