MA Global Educational Leadership (online)

Rapid global political, economic, social and technological changes are affecting education. If you're a teacher, lecturer, government official, or another education professional interested in developing educational strategies and policies, then this online master's degree is ideal. Our expert team will help you learn to evaluate your own leadership practice and develop innovative solutions for improvement considering local, national and global contextual influences.

Global Educational Leadership (online)

Key information



Mode of Study:

Part-time Distance Learning


36 months


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

Education is a global industry. It's critical to the economic success of every nation and the personal empowerment of every individual. Aimed at existing education professionals, this contemporary and stimulating programme of study provides opportunities to explore developments in educational leadership from a global perspective. You'll study the key theories and models underpinning global educational leadership and consider the implications of this knowledge for your own practice.

The demands of educational leadership are evolving rapidly in response to changes in the global political, economic, social and technological environments. We aim to help you understand these challenges and develop the leadership skills needed to address them. We'll support you in developing effective mentoring strategies and learning how to lead learning communities. As well as reflecting on your own professional practice, we'll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems.

Our highly experienced and research-active team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent master's-level project. You'll also have the chance to enhance your key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem-solving, autonomy, and professional accountability in relation to your educational leadership.

  • 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 can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.
  • 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 online support in group and one-to-one settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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. Experience in the education sector is strongly advised because you'll need to reflect critically on your experience and relate theory to practice.
  • Your application form must be accompanied by a 250-word reflective statement. Your statement should include information about your professional teaching experience and the area(s) you wish to research during your master's-level project.
  • Two references highlighting your potential to produce master's level (level 7) academic work will be required. In particular, we need information about your professional teaching experience, so please encourage your referees to provide this information if they can.
  • We may wish to interview you as part of the application process. This may be over the telephone or via video conferencing.
  • The dissertation module, EDM7070, offers course members the opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation of an educational topic or issue that is of particular interest and relevance to their professional work and development. It is crucial that you have access to a person, or persons, who will act as participants for the research.
  • As this is an online course, you'll need access to a computer with the appropriate software and accessories, including a webcam, microphone and a sufficient broadband connection. You'll also need basic IT skills. In particular, you'll need to be able to access and use the University of Bolton's virtual learning environment, Moodle. Please contact the programme leader for details if you are uncertain that you'll be able to meet these requirements.
  • 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.

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.

As a graduate of our MA Global Educational Leadership programme, you'll possess a systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of strategies and developments in leadership practice for the national and international education sector. We'll prepare and encourage you to act as a change agent ready to expand the outlook of the educational practitioners in your organisation and examine educational leadership from a global perspective.

After successfully completing this course, you'll also possess a number of career-enhancing skills in addition to your subject-specific knowledge and understanding. These include interpersonal, research, oral and written presentation, independent working, organisation and management skills. These transferable skills are highly valued in many education-related professional roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

Numerous private, public and charitable organisations specialise in international, cultural and educational issues; for instance, the British Council. Various job roles exist within these organisations, and a master's qualification will likely be well received.

Holding a master's degree is also likely to be advantageous if you're seeking positions in universities and colleges, and could support your progression to leadership and management roles. Roles exist in educational administration departments such as admissions, international recruitment, quality assurance, data management and marketing.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some of these careers include:

  • Local Authority education officer
  • Learning mentor
  • Family liaison
  • Educational writer
  • Examinations marker
  • Careers guidance
  • Training officer
  • Quality Standards

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for 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.


Click here for more information on our 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

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

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

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

We'll use a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies in 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 coursework. 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.


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.

  • Global Perspectives in Curriculum
  • Leading Learning Communities
  • Advanced Mentoring
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation
  • Academic Writing and Critical Evaluation
  • Theories of Action in Teaching and Learning in Primary, Secondary and Further Education
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 84%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16%


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

Scott Threlfall
Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)1204 903586

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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