Taught course

Educational Leadership and Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Sociology

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 develops your knowledge and practice of human resource management and decision making in educational settings.

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

This programme is aimed at those students who are or have worked for an organisation, such as teachers, lecturers, social and healthcare workers, police trainers, nurses and youth workers (to name but a few). If you are a student who has not yet worked or undertaken any work experience then you may prefer our MA Education Studies.

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 one year).
  • 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

On this course, you will study a total of 60 credits from two core units:

  • Human Resource Management in Education
  • Decision Making in Education

Programme Assessment

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 can 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
£2,000* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase
International students
£4,400* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

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