MSc Education Leadership and Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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The MSc Education Leadership and Management is an interactive, interdisciplinary course informed by a range of academic disciplines relating to education leadership and management, public policy analysis and complexity science.

This course is ideal for education professionals who are currently leading or aspiring to leadership positions. It is also well-suited for graduates interested in education policy, in the UK and international contexts, wishing to pursue careers in education management and administration.

You will develop qualities and skills essential for success as a leader or manager in education, such as advanced people skills, critical insight, and up to date knowledge of research on education. You will learn practical strategies and techniques for solving complex organisational and educational problems. The course is also designed to support your employment and promotion prospects in a range of education-related roles, both in the public and the private sectors.


The imperative of reforming education has led to a high demand for professionals with advanced leadership and management skills in many countries across the world. This course will enable you to acquire such skills and embrace the problematic aspects of leadership and management with confidence, understanding and insight.

The high-quality, interdisciplinary curriculum will also support you in developing an expansive view of leadership and management, set within wider political and economic structures, in national and international contexts. You will examine global developments in education policy, linking these to your own experience of leading, or working under the leadership of others. The course will also offer you a unique opportunity to explore the ground-breaking insights into education reform developed by complexity science.

Whether you’re interested in areas related to education leadership and management to advance your personal professional development, school improvement in your local context, or large-scale reform in the international education policy space, you will be able to tailor your studies from the modules available to you. Our staff comprise experienced academics, renowned for internationally recognised research in these areas, as well as rich first-hand experience of leadership and management in educational contexts.

Whichever modules you choose, you will develop specialist knowledge and understanding based on a critical awareness of current practice, as well as current research and scholarship in UK and international contexts. You will acquire advanced leadership and management skills, including innovative approaches to solving complex organisational problems arising in daily practice. You will also develop skills of independent learning, critical thinking and advanced communication to enable you to become a more effective educational leader or manager. 



You will be taught by leading specialists in the field through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. The emphasis will be placed on interactive activities and problem solving to support you in developing effective communication skills, as well as initiative and originality in solving organisational problems, both hypothetical and real.

Enrichment activities

Knowledge exchange and networking with practising leaders and managers through guest lectures and visits to local schools and colleges form an integral part of the course.  

Academic support

All Master’s students in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning have access to enhanced English language tutoring to support the development of their academic writing. In addition, the ‘Critical reading’ and ‘Key concepts and approaches to education leadership, management and policy’ modules will offer you focused activities and workshops designed to support your critical reading and advanced academic writing skills. You will also be encouraged to engage with your academic advisers, module leaders and English language support.

Independent learning

To achieve mastery in independent learning, you will also spend time carrying out independent study and research, benefitting from our excellent library service, as well as specialist study spaces designated for the postgraduate students at UEA. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by specialists in the fields of education policy, leadership and management, as well as experienced academic staff whose expertise has been honed through research on a range of educational topics. You can find further information about the teaching staff by visiting staff profiles available on the School of Education and Lifelong Learning website pages.


Assessment is based on coursework submitted at the end of each module. In addition to summative assessment, all specialist modules include formative assessment, designed to provide you with an early opportunity to focus your coursework on specific learning outcomes. For example, early opportunities to plan your assignment and articulate your emerging ideas will ensure that you hone your argument and present it in a coherent way in the summative assessment. Your learning will also be enhanced through regular feedback in the taught sessions, both face-to-face and via our online learning platform.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate advanced skills essential for strategy and policy development and implementation. Depending on previous professional experience and career aspirations, you will also gain knowledge, understanding and advanced problem-solving skills to succeed in a range of education-related roles: in schools and the post-compulsory sector, not-for-profit organisations, and leadership and management research and consultancy. The high-quality, interdisciplinary curriculum will also offer you a solid foundation for progressing to doctoral research.

Course Modules 2018/9

The course has been designed to offer you many opportunities to reflect on the practice of leadership and management, develop sound judgement in your analysis of the complexities of educational improvement, and evaluate a range of approaches to education policy and strategy. During your study of the module on ‘Key concepts and approaches to education leadership, management and policy’, you will consider important recent developments in the field and discuss them in relation to practical issues arising from leading and managing for organisational improvement. The module ‘Leading teaching, improving learning and global education reform’ focuses on educational improvement initiatives that are sensitive to the individual needs of children, young people or adults learning in diverse local contexts. You will conduct a depth study of a specific local issue of your choice, to examine the complexity of initiatives aimed at improving teaching and learning. The module on ‘Public policy, strategic management and complexity’ will enable you to develop an advanced understanding of policy and strategy, as well as problems with their implementation.

The study of the ‘Critical reading’ and ‘Educational research methods’ modules is also integral to the course. These modules will support you in developing advanced analytical and research skills, enabling you to critically evaluate diverse approaches to conducting research in the fields of education policy, leadership and management. You will have an opportunity to apply and further refine these skills whilst writing your Master’s dissertation.

To complement your specialist leadership and management study, you can choose an optional module from the suite of MA courses in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Alternatively, you can select an optional module taught in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, or a module from a pre-approved list offered by the School of International Development.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any subject for applicants with relevant experience, or an Education-related degree for applicants with no relevant experience
  • Degree Classification 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Relevant experience of working in an educational setting or education-related activity desirable

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant and applications are actively encouraged from those who want to return to academic study.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2018/19 will be: 

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550
  • International Students: £15,800

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


The University offers a variety of Scholarships each year to support students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Student Loan.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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