Taught course

Education Management and Leadership

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

Entry requirements

An upper-second class degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in subjects such as Education, Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology or any subject if experience of teaching/working in education or with a UK QTS or PGCE qualification.

For this pathway we are also looking for some relevant experience in Management/Leadership either within an educational setting (eg School or local authority) or education background (ie degree in Education). There must be a clear rationale for choosing this programme and/or relevant background.

Months of entry


Course content

Our master’s in Education Management and Leadership will equip you with the tools you need to analyse and synthesise research and policy alongside internationally recognised tutors on educational leadership and school effectiveness.

  • Carrying out world-leading research in higher education, social justice and inclusive education, educational effectiveness, mathematics, science and health education
  • Covering the full spectrum, from early years to post-compulsory and lifelong learning

You will have the opportunity to explore the best in professional knowledge and practice, cutting edge research, and evaluation evidence in a variety of educational contexts. The ultimate aim of the programme is to develop and improve your knowledge as educational leaders so that you may impact institutional change.

On our MSc Education Management and Leadership you’ll learn to:

  • engage in institutional and professional development and respond to best practice from a global perspective.
  • develop the professional skills required to meet the challenges of continuous change and its potential impact upon those who manage and lead schools, public and private sector institutions, and other teachers and educational practitioners.
  • improve your knowledge, understanding and practice as educational managers and leaders by critically analysing and synthesising national, international research and policy, plus to communicate outcomes in clear and convincing ways so as to enhance institutional performance.

You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential. You’ll graduate with the skills to analyse the challenges facing education as a clear, confident, and comprehensive educational leader.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK university, you will be required to provide evidence of competency in English.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)23 8059 3483