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MA / PG Dip / PG Cert Education (Leadership and Management)

Postgraduate Awards:
MA Education (Leadership and Management)
Postgraduate Diploma Education (Leadership and Management)
Postgraduate certificate Education (Leadership and Management)

This course is committed to the development of leadership and managerial skills among educational and training professionals. It is directly relevant to leaders working in public and private sector organisations.

Modules are designed to support colleagues wishing to improve their personal and professional leadership skills. You will examine current thinking about how organisations are managed from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

The modules are constantly updated to reflect current policy issues and emerging challenges such as collaborative leadership and managing across professional boundaries.The programme incorporates key concepts such as the learning organisation, organisational values, creative leadership, social responsibility and the ‘virtual’ organisation.

How to Apply

Entry requirements

You will normally have one of the following:

A first or second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject area; a wide range of relevant experience.

The IELTS score for international applicants is 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered. For more information please click here.

How to apply

For all awards which form part of the MA Education, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / 

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the MA Education course leader who may contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

The academic year begins in September, but you may start your award at the beginning of the autumn, spring or summer terms. You should apply in good time for the start of the course.

Accreditation of previous learning

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Get in touch

Leela Cubillo (pathway leader)
01905 855037

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course Content


Postgraduate Certificate Education (Leadership and Management)
Student s enrolled in the PG Cert complete two 20 credit pathway modules plus either Leading and Managing in Church Schools or Creative Approaches to Educational Leadership.

Postgraduate Diploma Education (Leadership and Management)
To achieve the Postgraduate Diploma, students complete four pathway modules, plus Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice plus one 20 credit module of choice from available MA Education modules.

MA Education (Leadership and Management)
To achieve the MA Education (Leadership and Management) students complete three pathway modules, plus either Leading and Managing in Church Schools or Creative Approaches to Educational Leadership. They will also complete Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice, Research Methods, a Dissertation of 40 or 60 credits. Those who choose the 40 credit Dissertation will complete an additional MA Education module, chosen from those available, to complete the 180 credits required for the full MA award.

Required modules

Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice – MAED4006 - 20 credits (required for MA and PG Diploma)
Research Methods – MAED4001 – 20 credits (required for MA)
Dissertation (MAED4440—40 credits or MAED4460—60 credits)

Please see the MA Education main page for details of modules.

Pathway modules

Personal and Professional Development (MAED4015—20 credits—strongly recommended for full-time students) aims to develop personal and professional skills and competencies appropriate to a course of study at postgraduate level.

Creative Approaches to Educational Leadership (MAED4026—20 credits) The purpose of this module is to stimulate participants’ creative and innovative capacities and their predisposition to collaborate, where difference is regarded as an opportunity rather than a blockage. It will be argued that developing creative leadership skills and inclusive strategies that overcome differences in cultures, ideologies and professional boundaries are at the heart of successful performance.

Policy and the Management of Change (MAED4023 - 20 credits) reviews a range of approaches to the leadership and management of change for individuals and organizations. It is intended to support colleagues in leadership roles involved with policy implementation and managing change. Participants will draw upon their own experiences of policy making and leadership in order to identify key ingredients for successful change and the processes and strategies involved.

Performance Management (MAED4024—20 credits) focuses on the leadership and management of individuals within organizations and will be of value to both new and established leaders. Participants will consider the motivational factors influencing the performance of individuals, teams and the organisation. Strategies for enhancing performance improvement will be developed including evaluation of the roles of appraisal, performance review, training and professional development. There will also be opportunities to develop interpersonal and team skills.

Leading and Managing in Church Schools (MAED4028—20 credits) focuses on the distinctive nature of leadership and management within Church schools. The module encourages participants to reflect critically on the unique characteristics of the Church school, with its integral links to local church and community. It examines the concepts of spirituality, collaboration, change and resource management and their impact on the leadership of individuals, teams and organisations. It recognises that people are the most important resource in most organisations. Particular emphasis will be given to the concept of spiritual leadership and the development of values-based approaches to leading and managing in Church schools.

Leadership for Quality and Sustainability (MAED4021—20 credits) looks at the idea of ‘quality’ and at the strategies and actions of leaders and managers in their attempts to achieve it, with regard to issues such as values, organizational culture, leadership style and global priorities. It is an applied research-based module which encourages participants to improve their understanding and practice with regard to developing and sustaining quality within their organizations.

Organisational Improvement through Action Research (MAED4022—20 credits) requires participants to examine the context of the school as both a formal organisation (in terms of systems, structures, standards and procedures) and, arguably more importantly, to consider the informal aspects of organisation (in terms of cultures, values, beliefs, attitudes, leaderships styles and behaviours). This is a mixed-mode module with a limited amount of formal tutor input. Participants will be encouraged to identify and focus on an area for ‘improvement’ within their organisation.

Mentoring and Coaching (MAED4064—20 credits) recognises the importance of professionals supporting the learning of colleagues in a reciprocal manner, assuming at times the role of mentor or coach and at others, that of mentee and learner. The module aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding to meet these challenges. It aligns with the National Framework for Mentoring and Coaching. The increased awareness and application of the two roles reflects an acceptance of strategies derived from an emotional intelligence perspective and underpins the philosophy and practice of ‘distributed leadership’ often cited as necessary for empowered individuals and effective organisations

Negotiated Learning (with a focus on Leadership and Management) (MAED4007 - 20 credits) allows students—with guidance from their tutor—to construct and respond to an educational question which is of personal and/or professional relevance. Students work in a planned, flexible and independent way, engaging in a professional inquiry in a rigorous and critical manner to further their development as reflective practitioners and/or to advance their knowledge about educational practice.


Colleagues will be encouraged to reflect upon concepts in the literature and to gather evidence about organisational improvement. A variety of assignments and tasks will be used to support learning. Guidance will be provided for presentations and the completion of written work. Most of the assessment will be of a written nature, involving independent reading and research. Detailed feedback will be provided by tutors.



Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers.

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