MA Education (Leadership and Management) – Bath Spa University

Education (Leadership and Management)


Postgraduate degree

Key facts

MA Education (Leadership and Management), PG Dip Education (Leadership and Management), PG Cert Education (Leadership and Management).
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time or two years part time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

A Master's in Education Leadership and Management designed for those who aspire to become, or are currently working as, leaders in an educational organisation.

  • Benefit from the opportunity to reflect on and challenge your professional experience.
  • Take part in lively discussions on contemporary issues in education and leadership.
  • Learn the practices that characterise effective leadership, and how to bring about change.

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In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners.

This Master's in education management and leadership is designed for those who are interested in becoming, or are presently working as, mid-level and senior managers and leaders in schools or other educational organisations, in a variety of global contexts.

Drawing on internationally-based research, the MA Education (Leadership and Management) offers a critical and cultural understanding of leadership as a socially constructed and ethical practice.

“The lecturers on the course were inspiring and I received excellent supervision for my dissertation research project. The campus is also a beautiful and peaceful place to study. Having this Master’s qualification opens more doors and potentially new directions for my career.”

Gillian Sargent, MA Education (Leadership and Management)

What you'll learn


MA Education (Leadership and Management) is designed to develop your understanding of leadership theory and practice.

We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice-based inquiry, in which you'll relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership, and learn how to bring about change and improvement.

Taught sessions will provide an understanding of the ways in which leadership impacts on the climate and culture of a school or educational setting.

Course structure

Trimester one
In the first trimester you’ll gain a broad understanding of the context in which educational leaders operate.

You'll examine the place of education in contemporary societies and explore how educational reform is constructed and implemented to deliver social and economic change. You'll also examine the way that leadership is played out within educational settings, focusing on what leaders do to engage followers in order to bring about change within an ethical framework. 

Trimester two
You’ll learn how to undertake research within educational settings. A range of different methodologies will be explored, and we’ll support you to write a proposal for your own research project.

In this trimester you’ll also have the opportunity to study for two elective modules, one of which may be chosen from one of the other MA Education pathways.

Trimester three
In your final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation on a aspect of educational leadership that particularly interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also be able to attend optional research seminars.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Education and Society
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Dissertation
  • Education and Globalisation
  • International Higher Education
  • Early Childhood: Education, Culture and Society
  • Perspectives of Outdoor Play
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Leading, Mentoring and Coaching
  • Education Policy
  • Research and Professional - Part 1
  • Research and Professional - Part 2

How will I be assessed?

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 7,500 words for a 30 credit module.

In some modules, you may be assessed by presentations or online activity.

The 60 credit dissertation is 15,000 words in length, and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

How will I be taught?

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.


Research seminars

Our School of Education runs a series of research seminars throughout the academic year where staff and postgraduate students present their research. You’ll be welcome to attend these seminars and there is the opportunity for you to talk about your own research interests within an informal and supportive setting.


You’ll graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge, well-placed to apply for middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course.

The grounding in academic work provides a foundation for further research at PhD level which can lead to employment in Higher Education.

Facilities and resources

"I wanted to broaden my understanding of educational leadership with a particular focus on the wider educational landscape in England. Bath Spa has helped me to understand Master's level work at the same time as enabling and supporting me to pursue my own academic direction and approach to research and study."

Jon Barr, MA Education (Leadership and Management)


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £7,400
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £13,700
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll have a 2:2 (or above) bachelor’s degree from a recognised higher education institution or a relevant professional qualification.

International students will need an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Ideally, you’ll be working within an educational context and have some professional experience of leadership, either formally or informally, to inform your academic study.

How do I apply?

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Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Mahmoud Emira

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