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Educational Leadership and Management (MA) (2021 Entry)



  • Course Code
  • P-X31M
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: normally 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Educational Leadership and Management MA is for those looking to pursue a leadership role within an educational organisation. Warwick's Education Studies uses a client-orientated focus, with multi-pronged routes to train you for a scholarly career or research-informed professional practice.


This MA is ideal for you if you wish to develop your abilities as an educational leader or manager. The course offers a multi-pronged approach, which enables the development of an academic career route as well as research-informed professional practice. At the end of the course, we anticipate that you will have developed reflective and critical capabilities, providing you with a sound basis for your next career move, alongside the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to a variety of educational leadership challenges within your organisation.


Core Modules

  • Leading Educational Change and Improvement
  • Foundation Research Methods in Education (available online for part time study)
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

This programme has a number of optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the programme. Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date.


Depending on which term modules run, you'll attend one or two 3-hour seminars each week during the Autumn and Spring Terms of modules plus research methods training lectures and seminars throughout all three terms. If you are a part-time student the number of modules you take each term will depend on the length of your course. You will have two optional modules to select in total. Depending on the modules you select, sessions consist of presentations, group discussions, case studies and self-study. Some modules are available online. Seminar group numbers vary depending on the modules that are selected. Assessment types vary depending on modules selected but may be a mixture of assignments and oral presentations. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.

Skills from this degree

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of research methods in planning, undertaking and evaluating a research project
  • Informed understanding of concepts and theories of leadership and management in education, and their relationship
  • Understanding of strategy and strategic perspectives in education
  • Human resource management in education and its links with strategy
  • Identifying factors affecting learner achievement and ways to improve it

Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
(IELTS score to 7 overall, two at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+)

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage. Departmental Funding may also be available, check the scholarships that are available at here.

Additional Course Costs

You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Education
  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with a member of Education Studies staff and explore our campus through a personalised tour. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page. If you are not in the UK then you are welcome to arrange a phone conversation with the course leader for the programme you are applying for. For this, and to ask any questions you have about your application or studying Education at Warwick, please email educationstudies@warwick.ac.uk