Taught course

Educational Leadership

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally work in an educational environment, e.g. school, college, academy, local authority, free school or other educational setting. The minimum entry requirement is usually a first degree plus relevant experience. Candidates without these qualifications will be invited to attend an interview to ensure their suitability for the course

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

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Course overview

Our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education.

The course develops an individual’s professional knowledge in relation to their current context by building onthe significant experience and expertise which students will bring with them to the course.

Why Study Educational Leadership with us?

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.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

You can enter the course by making a claim for previous learning through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process - for example holders of National College of Teaching and Leadership awards - and then undertake modules for the remainder of your course taking into account your setting and individual needs.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) award in Strategic Leadership.

How will I be taught?

Our course is taught twice termly on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm at Riverside Campus. Each module equates to approximately 200 hours of study. You will study one module per term, and you should factor these hours into your existing work.

You will benefit from experienced tutors with recent relevant experience in a range of education settings.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments include:

  • essays
  • portfolios of your own learning
  • academic posters
  • research-based projects.

This course is assessed by 100% coursework only and the structure of the course means that you are only working on one assignment at any one time.

Please note: Masters students in receipt of a postgraduate loan cannot bring prior credit (APL) into their programme of study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services