MA Global Educational Leadership

Rapid changes in the global political, economic, social and technological environments are affecting education. If you’re a teacher, lecturer, government official, or other education professional interested in the development of educational strategies and policies, then this 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

Key information

Award:

MA

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

21/09/2020

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 to develop effective mentoring strategies and learn 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 develop enhanced 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.

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 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 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.
  • 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 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 enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

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 skills, research skills, oral and written presentation skills, independent work and organisation and management skills. These transferable skills are highly valued in a number of education related professional roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

There are numerous private, public and charitable organisations that specialise in international, cultural and educational issues; for instance, the British Council. A variety of job roles exist within these organisations and a master’s qualification is likely to be well received.

Possession of 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 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:

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

Course fees

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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 2021/2022.

Bursaries

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


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

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


This 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 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.

  • Global Perspectives in Curriculum
  • Leading Learning Communities
  • Advanced Mentoring
  • Critical Enquiry and Reflection
  • Dissertation
  • Academic Writing and Critical Evaluation
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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