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MEdEducational Leadership

Why this course?

If you're already in employment and looking for a qualification that'll enhance your professional practice, this is the course for you.

It's a new part-time blended learning course, designed for professional people working in education who are already in or want to move into leadership roles.

The course draws on recent insights into educational leadership across the world. It focuses on leadership in a range of educational settings:

  • pre-school
  • school
  • further education
  • higher education
  • the voluntary sector

You'll develop your understanding of leadership, the purposes which educational leadership serves, school improvement, and the international, national and local policy contexts that shape how leadership is enacted.

You'll gain a thorough grounding in research methods and reasoning which will enable you to study an area of specific interest to yourself through a dissertation.

The course will enable you to:

  • build on your existing knowledge, understanding skills
  • develop insights into your own professional development and your understanding of yourself as a leader
  • build understanding which will enable you to develop your leadership capacities and skills
  • specialise in an area of specific interest to yourself
The course will be delivered by a high-quality team of staff, including experts in their fields of study with experience of leadership in educational settings.

What you’ll study

This course is studied part-time over three years.                

Year 1

You'll have three classes in Year 1. Normally this will be one class per semester. This will involve attending 3 hours per week, delivered either in the evening or on Saturday morning. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Postgraduate Certificate
If you decide to complete your studies after one year, you'll graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.

Year 2

You'll also have three classes in Year 2. This will usually consist of a compulsory class - Research Methods and Reasoning - along with two elective classes.

Research Methods and Reasoning will equip you with the necessary skills and understanding for undertaking a dissertation at Masters level. It's delivered online via our University Virtual Learning Environment, My Place, during Semester 1.

As in year one, you'll normally undertake one class per semester. The expected study time is also 200 hours including self-study.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you decide to complete your studies at the end of Year 2 you'll graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year three

You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice or a strategic leadership and work based project.

Research dissertation

If you go with the research dissertation, we'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation. We can't make any guarantees but will try to match you with the best fit for your area of specialism.  

You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to complete your studies around work commitments. 

Work based project

As an alternative to a dissertation, you can instigate a strategic change initiative in your workplace and evaluate its impact upon your learning.

Induction

You'll attend a one-day induction at a weekend before the course begins. You'll be introduced to the course, receive guidance on study skills and be introduced to our University systems like the library and our virtual learning environment, Myplace.

Programme Leader

Dr. Joan Mowat is the programme leader. She came to the University of Strathclyde after 28 years in the classroom, bringing a wealth of experience with her.

Course content

Leadership for Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice

This module will focus upon education for all, inclusive pedagogy, children’s rights and issues of equity and social justice as they pertain to education and the role of leadership in furthering these important ends.

Research Methods & Reasoning

This module will introduce you to research methods and help you develop the criticality required to be able to critique the literature.

Leadership for School Improvement

This module will enable you to critique the concept of school improvement as it's portrayed within the policy context and to understand the role of leadership in furthering school improvement.

Contexts for Leadership

This module should enable you to develop an understanding of the international and national policy contexts, how this impacts upon educational establishments and the implications of such for leadership.

Conceptions of Leadership

Through study of this module, students will gain insight into the different ways in which leadership is understood and why this is the case.

Leadership for Learning

This module will enable you to focus upon the relationship between leadership and learning and the role of leadership in furthering learning.

Dissertation

The dissertation will enable you to carry out a detailed study focused upon an area of specific interest.

It can either take the form of a literature-based study or an empirical study. If an empirical study, you might be able to gain access to an educational establishment to carry out your study subject to gaining ethical approval from the University of Strathclyde and undertaking disclosure procedures which are required by the Scottish Government if requiring access to a school.

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Strategic Leadership

This module focuses upon vision, values, school culture, managing people and managing change effectively. The outcome will be a proposal to instigate a strategic change initiative within the work setting.

Work-based project

Students will instigate a strategic change initiative within their workplace setting and evaluate its impact upon student learning.

Learning & teaching

Teaching will involve a highly interactive approach with clearly set readings and tasks, some of which will be undertaken independently and others in groups.

Assessment

Students will undertake formative tasks throughout the course, including maintaining a reflective journal.

For most classes, assessments will consist of a written assignment (3,000 words) and a piece of reflective writing encouraging you to think about your professional learning and your understanding of yourself as a leader.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will be expected to hold:

  • a good quality undergraduate degree or relevant professional qualification
  • a teaching qualification (or its equivalent) or relevant experience within an educational setting

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

2017/18

Scotland/EU

  • £1,600

Rest of UK

  • £3,000

International

  • £4,500

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

Fees for this course can be paid each year of study and split into installments.

More information on payments.

Scholarship search

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

 


Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Educational Leadership

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Educational Leadership

Qualification: MEd, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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