MA Leadership in Education
Teaching and Education
The course tackles issues directly related to the current field of national and international education. It challenges you to develop deeper critical thinking around how to meet the needs of policy and the needs of your students and staff.
You will work through the process of initiating and driving change at an individual, group and/or organisational level.
You will also learn how to adapt your communication strategies and techniques for developing new behaviours and attitudes. In short, the course aims to equip you with the skills to lead the development of others.
You may have already completed National College Leadership courses, which you can use to gain credits towards the MA Leadership in Education. This course is designed to either build on these programmes or stand alone.
Designed for leadership
The course is designed to support you in your development as a leader at all levels, whether it is as an aspirational leader or an individual already in a leadership role.
The UEL MA Leadership in Education is also able to offer candidates CMI accreditation and all its modules are CMI approved.
Technology enhanced learning
The course offers a blended learning approach in which learners are able to engage with their learning online, and discuss their views in a supportive forum to extend and develop their learning. The course also offers opportunities to explore theory and how it translates into practice throughout each module.
What we're researching
Lizana Oberholzer, Programme Leader of the MA Leadership in Education, is an experienced senior leader and former SCITT Director. She carries out research into leadership in schools, the impact of the school-based curriculum approaches on teacher education. She is a NASBTT Trustee and led on the NASBTT SEND Project for ITE, Regional Lead for WomenED, a Trustee for BAMEed, and contributes regularly to conferences, in which she shares her research and practice with others. She also supports, Diverse Educators, Research SEND, and is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and the Network Lead for the Chartered College of Teaching at UEL. She contributed to English and Media Edu supporting others in developing their understanding of the various A-level and GCSE specifications in schools too. She has supported schools by sharing her research and experience on developing key strategies in delivering GCSE curricula effectively to support learners at all levels.
Elsewhere in the department, Warren Kidd, PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning.
Our Professional Doctorate (EdD) course draws on the input of researchers from across the Cass school of Education and Communities. It is led by Dr Gerry Czerniawski, who has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice.
A founder member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFoTED), he serves on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and is chair of BERA's British Curriculum Forum. Gerry is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
Leadership in Education, Course Leader
UEL is fortunate to serve a larger community of schools, and we educate teachers ranging from Beginner Teachers to Leadership. We are well known for the support we provide to the teaching and learning community we serve. Our students often progress into leadership roles from a very early stage, and many continue their leadership development after completing their PGCE. We also offer a range of CPD opportunities via our CCT Network and we see many teachers in our partnership schools continuing to engage with UEL throughout their career development.
Fees and funding
£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Applications are made directly through Student Finance England
Whether you qualify depends on:
• if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
• your course
• your age
• your nationality or residency status
Full eligibility can be found here
Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.
The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.
Find out more about full eligibility criteria and how to apply.Terms and conditions apply.
How we can help youDid you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?
If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below are some of the funding available to support you in your studies:
- Alumni Discount - up to 15% fee waiver
- Early Payment Discount - 5% fee waiver
- Asylum Seeker scholarship - 100% fee waiver
- Civic Engagement - £1,000
- Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000
- Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
- Team UEL - £1,000
Terms and conditions apply.
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• In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
• Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
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your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.
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university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.
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Per 30 credit module
As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA page for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.
International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.
After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.
What you'll study
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
The teaching year is divided into three terms of roughly equal length. A typical student registered in a part-time attendance mode will study one module per term. The dissertation module takes two terms to complete.
- Leading Change (core - 30 credits)
- Reflecting upon Leadership in Education (option - 30 credits)
- Developing Leadership Capability for Change (option - 30 credits)
- International education systems and the strategic leader (option - 30 credits)
- Dissertation (core - 60 credits)
Leading Change is the compulsory module as well as the Dissertation module. The other modules are options. Where candidates do have previous MA credits they are able to select from the above menu.
In order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need
to obtain 60 credits at Level 7.
In order to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you will need to obtain 120 credits at Level 7.
In order to obtain a Masters, you will need to obtain 180 credits at Level 7. These credits will include a 60 credit Level 7 core module of advanced independent research (Dissertation).
Please note that currently you would need to complete all of the modules listed above to complete the MA award. The 30 credit modules can be taken in any order.
How you'll be assessed
Due to the practical nature of the course, there are no examinations. We assess you on your coursework for the PG Cert and PG Diploma modules and on your dissertation for the award of MA. Each module assessment will typically be a single submission portfolio of 5,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 14,000 words.
How you'll learn
The course offers a blended learning approach where candidates engage with face to face learning experiences, online forum discussions as well as supportive tutorials, and writing support sessions.
We have a high student satisfaction rating and learners progress to leadership roles whilst engaged with the course or very soon after.
What you'll learn
The course offers opportunities on how to lead change effectively, how to employ coaching and mentoring as a change agent, and how to reflect on leadership and practice with a wide range of academic research in mind.
The course offers opportunities for learners to develop a clear and detailed understanding of their wider community, contexts, policies and socio-economic factors at play, which need to be considered when leading and supporting others.
Candidates engage with a wide range of others to discuss, evaluate, and critique academic research to explore a wide range of viewpoints to extend their practice further.
The MA Leadership in Education is a rich and varied course offering opportunities for leaders at all levels, and a wide range of academic contexts.
Your future career
The course can support candidates to continue to develop in future leadership roles, and leadership opportunities or to develop others to lead in future as teachers, lecturers or courses facilitators. Candidates will also be able to offer consultancy services, guidance and advice depending on where they are positioned regarding their leadership roles.
Furthermore, the course offers a module focusing on coaching and mentoring which will enable future leaders to support others in their personal development effectively or to develop others to coach and mentor well too.
The course offers CMI accreditation at £750 per module, which offers dual badging and an industry standard qualification too. This will enable candidates to engage with leadership roles across the educational sector and beyond.