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MEd/PgDip/PgCertManagement & Leadership in Education

Why this course?

This programme meets the needs of teachers and related professionals who aspire to, or hold, management posts in educational establishments.

It’s suitable as preparation for those interested in the National Qualification for Headteachers. The course outcomes can be aligned with the nationally published Framework for Educational Leaders at four levels:

  • project leadership
  • team leadership
  • school leadership
  • strategic leadership

The programme offers you the opportunity for self-development by:

  • building on existing knowledge and skills
  • expanding on the range of leadership and management skills, techniques and competences
  • extending understanding of leadership management issues
  • enhancing confidence in dealing with management situations

The Management & Leadership in Education Course is part of the MEd programme.

You’ll study

You'll take a number of core and optional taught modules.

The MEd also requires successful completion of a dissertation in the field of leadership and management in education. MEd students are supported by an individual tutor.

Elements of the programme may be achieved through the completion of appropriate independent study modules.

The course is delivered by a quality team of people who've experienced leadership at a senior level within Scottish local authorities and combine this with current research theory.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Semesters 1 & 2

Management & Leadership 1

This class asks you to self-reflect and evaluate your current knowledge and skills against the relevant performance indicators of your post. Key attributes of leaders are studied and you start to form a learning plan for the remainder of the course.

Semester 2

Management & Leadership 2

In this class you'll study aspects of teamwork, assertiveness and complete further self-evaluation of success of initiatives implemented in your first elective class.

Management & Leadership 3

This class looks at current educational policy in Scotland, the UK and globally. You choose a relevant area from these and apply what you learn to an initiative in school and thereafter critically analyse its link to policy.

Elective classes

Semester 1

Management of Change

Change is a complex entity and in this module we look at what causes change and how we can ensure that our staff are prepared to deal with it.

Semester 2

Leading & Managing People

You'll learn how to get the best from your team´╗┐.

Management & Leadership

In this class you'll learn about various leadership styles and how these have altered through the ages. We look at how various styles are applied in different contexts and how this affects staff motivation.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures and teaching seminars. This programme provides structured support through study, work-based projects and development tasks.

Most modules are offered both within and outside normal working hours to suit individual circumstances.


The course is assessed through written assignments. These require critical analysis and evaluation and an appropriate balance demonstrating an understanding of principles and evidence of relevant knowledge.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants must be a practising teacher and GTCS registered. If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 6.0

Advanced standing

It’s possible to enter the programme with advanced standing through the Accreditation of Prior Formal Learning (APFL). If you hold equivalent and relevant qualifications or have successfully completed modules from an equivalent and relevant programme within the last five years then it may be possible for you to claim exemption from any part of the programme except for the compulsory core elements.

Advanced standing can also be claimed through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). If you can demonstrate equivalent and relevant learning gained from previous recent work experience then it may be possible for you to claim exemption from any part of the programme except the compulsory core elements.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK

  • PgCert - £1,200
  • PgDip - £2,400
  • MEd - £3,600

How can I fund my studies?

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English/EU students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs. Students resident in the EU may also apply.

Please note

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


This programme meets the needs of teachers and related professionals who aspire to, or hold, management posts in educational establishments.

Many students on this course progress to study the Scottish Qualification for Headship and become Head Teachers.

Where are they now?

88.9% of our PgCert graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:

  • Deputy Head Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Principal Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher

Employers include:

  • Local authorities

*Based on the results of the National Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

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