Postgraduate course

Educational Leadership & Management MA

Do you have what it takes to lead and inspire teams of educational professionals? We will prepare you to take on this challenge.

Enhance your employability by growing your leadership skills with a focus on the specific context of educational settings. Learn to lead, manage, instigate change and develop positive relationships to improve educational provision.The course content is designed to reflect the changing needs of schools and other educational settings.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Education

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

Where appropriate each aspect of the programme, from the module content to the learning outcomes, has been aligned with the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (DFE 2015). This makes it ideal for those wishing to pursue professional development opportunities and qualifications.

You will engage with legislative, practical and theoretical aspects of school leadership and management. The course team will support you in the development of critical awareness and understanding of key issues in leadership and management. There is a focus on collaborative learning with opportunities to reflect on current practice to better understand pertinent underlying values, beliefs and principles.

You will have the chance to apply your current expertise and shape the course to complement your professional practice and academic interests.

Our MA in Educational Leadership & Management can be studied full-time (typically over three terms, one year) or part-time (typically two years). You will study three compulsory 30 credit modules and one compulsory 60 credit module and a 60 credit dissertation.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Developing Self and Others (30 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Change Through a Project (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60)
  • The Enquiring Leader (30 credits)
  • Global Perspectives on Education (30 credits)
  • Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context (30 credits)
  • Leading Across Professional Boundaries (30 credits)
  • Local Independent Study (30 credits)
  • Local Independent Project (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment
The learning and teaching strategies include lectures, masterclasses given by visiting professors and speakers, tutorials, seminars, workshops and e-learning activities via our virtual learning environment (VLE). There will be particular emphasis on engagement in individual and group enquiry to develop skills in critical questioning, creative thinking and problem-solving.

Delivery is structured to include two weekends each semester and some evening teaching for full-time students.

Self-study time
Outside of taught sessions, you are encouraged to undertake further study which may include reading journal articles, engaging in online discussions, and preparing for assessments.

Assessment methods
Our assessments have been externally commended for being innovative yet rigorous, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our students.

On some modules you will be able to negotiate the assessment type so that it aligns to your interests and needs. For example, you could choose to write a funding bid, a proposal for a small-scale investigation, a report or another agreed assessment type.

Your final study for the Education MA award is your dissertation or major project. This offers you the chance to further study a topic of particular interest and importance to you.

Entry requirements


You may apply if you have an honours degree in an appropriate discipline. You will be accepted onto the programme following a satisfactory interview, references and evidence of qualifications.

If you don’t have these academic qualifications you may qualify for entry based on other equivalent relevant qualifications or experience. International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate that they possess sufficient competence in written and spoken English to succeed in the programme of study. This will normally be demonstrated by an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in each section.

If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications for the 2019 intake are now closed.

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