MA Educational Leadership

Suitable for experienced teachers, lecturers and other education professionals, this master’s programme is ideal if you aspire to take the lead in the education sector. Offering training in essential leadership skills, this course is designed to help you take your career to the next level.

MA Educational Leadership

Course details

Education is a highly complex and increasingly competitive sector. Schools, colleges, universities and other training organisations are under constant pressure to achieve greater successes with fewer resources. The need for inspiring, effective and knowledgeable leaders is greater than ever and a multitude of opportunities are available to appropriately qualified individuals.

Aimed at existing education professionals, this course offers in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories that underpin educational leadership, as well as an enhanced and critical awareness of current issues facing educational leaders.

We offer a supportive environment in which you can explore the role of leaders and leadership in educational settings, including understanding and interpreting educational data, how to present data to a team and how to work collaboratively with education stakeholders. We’ll encourage you to reflect on your own professional practice and guide you in your journey towards becoming a perceptive, responsive and decisive educational leader.

  • Start date: 27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MA
  • Duration: 18 months

Course highlights:

  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers help to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, autonomy, and professional accountability in relation to educational leadership and in leading learning communities.
  • We’ll support you as you learn to critically reflect on and evaluate your own leadership skills, and develop innovative solutions for improvement considering national and local contextual influences.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.

Key features:

  • Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts offer face-to-face and blended sessions as well as one-to-one support.
  • We embed the concepts and practice of inter-professional working throughout the programme.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • We’ll support you to develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master’s-level project.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MA
  • Duration: 18 months

Normally, you’ll have at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and appropriate work experience.

An initial qualification in teaching, if this is not formally part of your first degree, is desirable and experience in the education sector is strongly advised because you’ll need to critically reflect on your experience and relate theory to practice.

Your application form must be accompanied by a 250 word reflective statement.

Two references highlighting your potential to produce master’s level (level 7) academic work will be required.

We may wish to interview you as part of the application process. This may be on an open day, over the telephone or via video conferencing.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

This programme addresses the professional development needs of experienced practitioners in education and public sector roles. This MA is designed to develop your abilities as an educational leader.

By the end of the course, we anticipate that you’ll have developed reflective and critical capabilities, alongside the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to a variety of educational leadership challenges within your organisation. As a graduate of a master’s degree from the University of Bolton you’ll also possess a number of career-enhancing skills such as interpersonal skills, research skills, oral and written skills, and the ability to work independently.

What can I do with this qualification?

This MA programme aims to prepare you for leadership roles in education institutions worldwide, including schools, colleges, universities, early years settings and pupil referral units. As a graduate of the course, you’ll be prepared for additional responsibilities at a more senior level.

Alternative career options

  • Educational charity work
  • Educational policy
  • Quality and inspection
  • Training
  • Lecturing
  • Social Work
  • Educational consultancy
  • Local government

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Policy and Curriculum Development
  • Leading Learning Communities
  • Advanced Mentoring
  • Advanced Coaching
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is designed to help you develop and build on your current knowledge and experience as an education practitioner and a leader. Experience and practice underpinned by informed research are valued and drawn upon throughout.

We’ll use a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies on this course. These may include lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, collaborative discussion and group work, debates and tutorials. You can also expect a range of assessment methods, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios and course work. Your learning journey will be supported by the intensive use of technology and multimedia resources.

Personal and independent study is essential and you should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (84%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (16%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MA
  • Duration:
    18 months

Contact us

Daniela Bacova
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor
Email: D.Bacova@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903219

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903