- Start date: September
- Application deadline: August
- Study mode and duration: 36 months part-time
Study with us
- enhance your professional practice in leadership
- develop your understanding of leadership and the purposes which educational leadership serves
- gain insights into your own professional development and an understanding of yourself as a leader
Why this course?
If you're already in employment and looking for a qualification to enhance your professional practice, this is the course for you. 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.
The MEd Educational Leadership is part-time blended learning course, designed for professionals working in education, who are already in or want to move into leadership roles.
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 draws on recent insights into educational leadership across the world. It focuses on leadership in a range of educational settings:
- further education
- higher education
- the voluntary sector
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
What you’ll study
This course is studied part-time over three years.
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 facilities and systems including the library and our virtual learning environment, Myplace.
You'll undertake three classes, normally one class per semester. On-campus classes are delivered either in the evening or on Saturday mornings and involve attending three hours per week. In total, each class should take 200 hours including self-study. If you decide to complete your studies after Year 1, you'll graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.
You'll undertake three classes – one class per semester. These normally include two optional classes and the compulsory Research Methods & Reasoning class. The compulsory class, delivered online via Myplace in Semester 1, provides the basis for undertaking the Masters-level dissertation. Each class should take 200 hours including self-study. If you decide to complete your studies at the end of Year 2, you'll graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.
You’ll carry out a research dissertation of 15,000 words in a subject area of your choice, worth 60 credits. A supervisor, matched with the best fit for your specialist area, will provide one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation.
You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This provides the flexibility to complete your studies around work commitments.
As an alternative to a dissertation, you can instigate a strategic change initiative in your workplace and evaluate its impact upon your 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.
You'll 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.
Joanna Holmes is the course leader. She brings with her 20 years of experience working at senior levels in both English and Scottish schools as a secondary Head Teacher.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, met some fantastic friends and had the benefit of being taught by some inspirational lecturers.
MEd Educational Leadership
Leadership for Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice
Level 5, 20 credits
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
Level 5, 20 credits
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
Level 5, 20 credits
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
Level 5, 20 credits
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
Level 5, 20 credits
This module will enable you to focus upon the relationship between leadership and learning and the role of leadership in furthering learning.
You’ll choose from the following options, dissertation or strategic leadership and work-based project:
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.
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.
Students will instigate a strategic change initiative within their workplace setting and evaluate its impact upon student learning.
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|Academic requirements / experience|
A good undergraduate degree, or relevant professional qualification, and a teaching qualification (or its equivalent) or relevant experience within an educational setting.
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Having worked in the educational sector for 20 years including at senior levels I have both observed and carried out leadership in a number of different context. I am intrigued by the range of both successful and unsuccessful leadership practices that I have seen. I enjoy working with students to explore their understanding of leadership.
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are per 20 credit module unless stated otherwise. Please note second year will be subject to increases.
£811 per 20 credit module
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
£811 per 20 credit module
£1,822 per 20 credit module
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
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?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students may be able to 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.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to 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.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate 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. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
The West Partnership provides those teaching in specified local authorities access to funding to support Master’s level learning and aid professional development.
The West Partnership is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the following local authorities:
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Renfrewshire
- Glasgow City Council
- North Ayrshire
- North Lanarkshire
- South Lanarkshire
- West Dunbartonshire
If you are a teacher working in any of the above local authorities, through the West Partnership you could be eligible for funding in our MEd part-time programmes.
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