MA Educational Leadership in Practice

“At The University of Manchester we believe educators are powerful influencers and have important voices in a rapidly globalising world. It is our intention to empower educational leaders to face tough challenges in globalising educational spaces with compassion and competency”
– Dr. Alexander Gardner-McTaggart Lecturer in Educational Leadership

MA Educational Leadership in Practice

Be the positive change your educational organisation needs

Education is constantly under pressure to conform to external requirements, especially with standardisation and teach to test sweeping the globe, steering policy and pressurising educational leaders.

This programme will build your intellectual and practical confidence in all interactions; with teachers, parents, students, managers, board members and policymakers, to engage at a higher level and influence change.

Learn on the job
Take a critical and theoretical approach with practice-based learning that enables you create change in the workplace from day one.

Build a global network
Network with peers and experts during conferences held twice a year at our prestigious Manchester Centre.

Practise new skills
Learn from world-leading academics in educational policy and educational leadership including Prof Helen Gunter and Dr Alexander Gardner-McTaggart.

Face to face international programme conferences
Attend two major 3-days programme conferences during the year in Hong Kong and Singapore. You will undertake practical activities based on your units in small multinational groups and learn from industry peers, experts and academics.


3rd Friday of August
Master’s - 24 month, part-time.
Approx 20 hours per week
A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent, in a related area. An initial qualification in teaching, or at least one year’s professional experience in a public or private educational organisation, are desirable but not essential requirements.

IELTS Test score of 6.5 (or equivalent) if English is not your first language.

Two satisfactory professional or academic references and a copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.
£13,375* inclusive of GST Please contact us for various discount schemes & scholarships available. (*subject to changes)
A mix of online content with face-to-face conferences twice a year
Hong Kong & Singapore

Build your intellectual and practical confidence in all interactions

Programme Details

If you’re a teacher or an educator looking to move into a leadership role within an education organisation, this programme is for you. It will give you vital knowledge and skills to take your career to the next level, empowering you to lead with confidence and have a real impact.

Our Educational Leadership in Practice (MA) is the only global blended programme that is taught from a critical approach and not a functionalist one. This practice-orientated learning will enable you to be the change your organisation needs.

You can expect to study units covering topics such as:

Models of educational leadership

  • Explore conceptualising educational leadership practice as adjectival models
  • Examine what this means in diverse international contexts
  • Examine and evaluate a range of key models

Engaging with research in educational leadership

  • What is educational leadership?
  • What topics can be researched in education?
  • Why should research in education be taken seriously?

Leading educational change

  • Examining what is meant by ‘change’
  • Counter-productive and productive motivators for and mechanisms for change
  • Critical perspective on leading change

Education policy and leadership

  • What is policy and how is it ‘done’?
  • Policy architecture
  • Welfarism, social democracy and neoliberalism as policy architecture

Educational Leadership as a Social Practice

  • Educational leadership practice in a Globalising education system
  • Getting and doing the job
  • Using research evidence

Optional Unit/Accreditation of Previous Learning

  • Digital Media and Information Literacy
  • Leadership of International Schools
  • Gain a deep understanding of theories, research, intellectual debates, and best practice from across the globe.
  • Reflect on how these could apply to your own practice.
  • Develop higher-order thinking skills to inspire you as a leader of education.
  • Apply educational leadership skills and find solutions to real-world problems from local and global education organisations.

You will be studying with international experts and global leaders in the delivery of Educational Leadership with over 22 years’ of teaching and research experience.

Your Course Director
Dr. Alexander Gardner-McTaggart

Programme Director, MA Educational Leadership in Practice, MIE

Prof. Helen Gunter

Professor of Education Policy, MIE

Attend two major 3-days course conferences during the year in Hong Kong and Singapore. You will undertake practical activities based on your units in small multinational groups and learn from industry peers, experts and academics.

Speak to us for more information on our MA Educational Leadership in Practice programme in Singapore

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