Taught course

School Improvement and Educational Leadership

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Candidates shall normally be required to have a good first degree (a 2.I or above) and to have experience of, or anticipate, working in teaching/learning contexts with diversity, to the satisfaction of the accepting tutor. Applicants with the equivalent of 2.II degree will be considered where their subsequent work experience provides compensating expertise and demonstrates an aptitude to perform at MA level.

Months of entry


Course content

Leadership in schools takes many forms: through school and department leadership teams, but also through collaboration between teachers and between schools on specific problems in teaching and learning. As a student on our School Improvement and Educational Leadership course, you will be part of a research-led community which uses and develops evidence-based practice to identify and share practice which can be shown to make a difference in particular contexts.

This programme is offered on campus (and by negotiation with school consortia). The teaching includes workshops, seminars and tutorials and the classes use a variety of reflective, analytical and enquiry-based activities using journals, qualitative and quantitative evidence of practice in individual schools and school systems. Support is provided through webCT which includes case studies which are used for preparation tasks as well in workshops. Assignment and dissertation topics reflect students individual interests and contexts.

This course has the following aims:

  • To develop reflective and critical judgement of educational professionals and other stakeholders committed to the interests of all children
  • To promote critical engagement and fulfilling learning environments by developing teacher effectiveness and professional identity
  • To develop communities of scholarship through which educational partnerships work to improve schooling and schooling policy
  • To develop capacity for rigorous and critical analysis of evidence in improving schools

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Information for international students

You will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English with IELTS, TOEFL or alternative qualifications IELTS:6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band TOEFL:93 overall: with no less than 22 in Reading, 21 in Listening, 23 in Speaking, 21 in Writing

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months
full time
12 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

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