Educational Leadership MA

Entry Requirements


Our philosophy of learning links to professional practice, theories of leadership and work-based enquiry for improvement. Most importantly, it acknowledges work undertaken in the workplace.

If you engage in the course you will:

  • develop your critical thinking skills and become a reflective practitioner
  • be able to articulate informed opinions with confidence
  • become a confident researcher who will be aware of theoretical frameworks and current political agendas
  • become a confident and effective leader.

The course also facilitates Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) credit for National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) qualifications.


For more information on course start date/s, please contact Jo Cowan:


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

The MA in Educational Leadership course attracts students from all sectors of education, and from individuals aspiring to their first leadership position, to head teachers and executive heads.

The course is offered in the following ways:
Campus based - through weekend schools which happen twice a term at Guildhall, University Centre Shrewsbury on Friday evening and Saturday; or through a combination of blended learning.

Weekend delivery pattern:
Saturdays 9:30am - 4:00pm

The MA in Educational Leadership recognises previously undertaken professional development.  It is suitable for anyone leading or aspiring to leadership in a School, College, Local Authority, Academy, Free School or other educational setting.

You will complete three modules, one per term, typically in the first year students choose; Leadership Theory into Practice; Leading Change; Professional Development Review. Students then choose from a range of modules exploring governance, systems leadership, coaching and mentoring, psychology of leadership. All modules are subject to viable numbers.



All modules are 20 credits and comprise two taught Saturday sessions, with the assessed activity being submitted the week prior to the next module commencing. Students are assessed through written assignments, portfolios, poster presentations. There are no exams on this course.


The course is delivered by the University of Chester’s Faculty of Education and Children’s Services. The University of Chester has partnered with the Chartered Management Institute, the only Royal Chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting excellence in leadership and management. On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a CMI award in Strategic Leadership.

The course provides you with a solid foundation from which to continue your career as a leader of education.

Entry Requirements

Extra Information

Applicants will normally work in an educational environment, e.g School, Academy, Local Authority, Free School or FE College or other educational setting. It is possible for applicants not in work to undertake the course through a combination of University Centre-based taught modules.

The MA in Educational Leadership is open to both graduates and non-graduates with professional experience although applicants will normally be graduates.


Course content enquiries

Jo Cowan


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  • Telephone: 01244 511579