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.

Educational Leadership

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

18 months

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

20/09/2021

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.

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.
Professional recognition


  • 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.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


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

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

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

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £3,600 for the academic year 2021/22.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £12,450 for the academic year 2021/22.

Useful information

Please note, the total course fee for a Home student starting this course in 2020/21 will be £5,400. As this is an 18 month course, the fees are £3,600 for the first year and £1,800 for the final semester.

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 2022/2023.

Bursaries

Click here for more information on our 2020 Master's Bursaries.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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

You should 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

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


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.

Modules

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

  • Policy and Curriculum Development
  • Leading Learning Communities
  • Advanced Mentoring
  • Advanced Coaching
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 84%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16%

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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Daniela Bacova
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

D.Bacova@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903219

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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