University of Manchester: Educational Leadership in Practice

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department School of Environment, Education and Development View department profile
Study type Taught


Our online learning MA in Educational Leadership in Practice caters to the training needs of professionals around the world, whether you're looking to enhance your skills in leadership within schools or further your career in this area.

Successful leaders in education require a wide range of transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge in areas such as in education and social policy, leading organisational and educational change.

At the start of your course in February, you'll have the chance to network with academics teaching the course, meet your peers and grow your network of global educational practitioners at a three-day conference in Manchester.

The Master's teaching comprises of five core 20-credit units, one APL 20-credit unit or select an optional unit and a 60-credit research project. The five core 20-credit modules are:
- Engaging with Educational Leadership Research

- Leading Educational Change and Development

- Education Leadership Policy

- Educational Leadership as Social Practice

- Models of Educational Leadership

- Digital, Media and Information Literacy (optional)

- Leading Learning (optional)

- Additional Optional Unit (TBC)

A final supervised research project will allow you to deepen your knowledge and apply your skills by analysing real-world scenarios and addressing questions with practical implications. You will be taught by a team of academics who are renowned in their fields and that have several years of unique experience delivering course content both online and face-to-face within blended programmes.

Our academics are on the cutting-edge of educational leadership in research, which informs their teaching. They've worked and led change in the education sector nationally in the UK and internationally. They regularly utilise our remarkably wide range of educational resources in their learning and teaching activities. This is a significant strength of our online MA in Educational Leadership in Practice.


The University of Manchester
School of Environment, Education and Development

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in both research and teaching. Formed by a unique combination of five interrelated specialisms - Architecture, Education, Geography, Global Development, and Planning and Environmental Management - SEED aims to not only understand the uneven relationships between society, the economy and the environment, but improve them.

Through our collaborative approach to studying the world’s grand challenges, we’re positioned to influence how they’re tackled - from poverty eradication, to sustainable urbanism, to securing social justice.

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