Taught course

Educational Leadership and Management (distance learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Continuing Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Other applicants may be admitted and will undertake a programme of preparatory reading and submit a written paper in order to confirm ability to study at postgraduate level. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This course builds on the knowledge of theory and practice of human resource management and decision making in educational settings gained in the first year. You will develop your knowledge of management further by learning about strategy and management. You will gain an understanding of research methods, theory, data analysis and your own research into a project of your choice.

The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use your current educational setting and workplace context, to ensure that your learning is meaningful and professionally relevant.
  • Choose your method of study: full time or part-time (one evening a week over two years).
  • Stay connected to your lecturers through our online virtual learning environment.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education) who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.

Module Details


  • Education Policy, Strategy and Change (Campus-based only)
  • Leadership, Policy and Strategy (Distance learning only)
  • Management of People and Marketing in Public Organisations
  • Management of Resources, Finance and Information Systems
  • Research Methods in Education

Programme Details

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.

The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists.

You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.

Assessment is solely based on the submission of your written assignments.

Student Destinations

As a graduate of this programme, you may expect to develop your leadership and managerial career prospects, nationally or internationally, through the development of relevant skills, knowledge and experience. Many of our graduates have attained senior leadership and management positions in educational settings and organisations.

Fees and funding

UK students
part time distance learning: £1,400 p/a* *Tuition fees are subject to increase
International students
part time distance learning: £1,400 p/a* *Tuition fees are subject to increase

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
023 9284 5204