Taught course

Educational Leadership (Shrewsbury)

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

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally work in an educational setting such as a school, academy, local authority, FE College or HE institution. The minimum entry requirement is normally a 2:2 honours degree. Applicants who have a degree and a teaching qualification such as a PGCE will not normally require an interview. Other candidates may be required to attend an interview.

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.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Course overview

Our MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education. The course will develop your individual, professional knowledge in relation to your current context by building on the significant experience and expertise which you will bring with you 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.

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

On successful completion of your MA in Educational Leadership you will also gain a CMI award in Strategic Leadership.

How will I be taught?

Our course is taught twice termly on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm. 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 and research-based projects. This course is assessed by 100% coursework, 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, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services