MEd Educational Leadership

Key facts

  • 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

 

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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:

  • pre-school
  • school
  • 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

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Upcoming information session

We're holding a 'Professional Development in Education' event on Monday 9th December!

Our academic teaching staff will be there to answer any questions you may have. There will also be a talk from our School of Education Postgraduate Taught Director, Joanna Holmes, who'll help give an insight into the programmes we offer and what you can expect before and during your postgraduate studies.

What you’ll study

This course is studied part-time over three years.

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 facilities and systems including the library and our virtual learning environment, Myplace.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

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.

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

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.

Programme 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.

Derek Timpany MEd Graduate
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, met some fantastic friends and had the benefit of being taught by some inspirational lecturers.
Derek Timpany
MEd Educational Leadership
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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.

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Entry requirements

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.
Joanna Holmes
Programme leader
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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£2,267

Rest of UK

£2,267

International

£5,100

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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

More information on payments.

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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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Educational Leadership

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Contact us

Postgraduate Enquiries

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (GMT)

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

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