Taught course

Education Management and Leadership

University of Southampton · Southampton Education School

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Entry requirements

A first degree at first or upper second level from a UK University or equivalent qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education or in a related professional field relevant to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This pathway 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.

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.

• 7th in the UK for research impact (Latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014)

• 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


• 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.

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

We are partnering with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) to offer international scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. The CSC is accepting applications for the MSc Education (with pathways in Education Management and Leadership or Education Practice and Innovation) 2020 entry.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

To check your eligibility and find out how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Shared Scholarships section of our Commonwealth scholarships page and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

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

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 3483