What Can I Do with a Masters in Educational Leadership UK

A Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in the UK is a huge advantage and opens doors to future career opportunities in educational leadership and management roles.

For those wishing to undergo further education, this advanced degree programme is designed to develop your skills as an effective leader within educational institutions and enhance your overall career prospects in the field. Whether you’re an aspiring head teacher, policy maker, or committed to advancing educational equity, a Masters in Educational Leadership UK equips you with the tools to navigate challenges and inspire future generations to come.

Alternatively, the qualification can work with local authorities, government agencies, or educational charities, contributing to policy development, curriculum design, and research. Consultancy roles are also available, allowing graduates to share their academic skills and expertise with schools and organisations. With this degree, you’ll be well-equipped to take on leadership challenges, inspire others, and shape the future of education in the UK.


  • The MA in Educational Leadership is designed for leaders or aspiring leaders in all areas of education.

  • On successful completion, students will also gain a CMI award in Strategic Leadership.

Career Development

Upon successful completion of this course, students will gain valuable knowledge and practical experience in educational leadership. You will have developed skills in areas such as strategic planning, staff management, curriculum development, policy implementation, and stakeholder engagement. You will have led a transformation project in your organisation and expanded your leadership skill set.

Enhance your personal and professional development

Many graduates have secured senior or promoted roles as a direct result of achieving this esteemed qualification, reflecting the programme’s capacity to cultivate the knowledge and skills demanded of influential leaders in the field.

Moreover, the enhanced understanding of leadership within education that students acquire informs and enriches their own practice as leaders. Through an immersive exploration of theoretical frameworks and practical applications, individuals develop a nuanced comprehension of effective leadership strategies, enabling them to navigate complex educational environments with confidence and make a lasting impact on the institutions they serve.

Career opportunities in educational leadership

Graduates are well-positioned to secure coveted positions in senior leadership roles across educational institutions, showcasing their advanced knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, many pursue rewarding careers as consultants, providing invaluable guidance to organisations seeking to optimise their educational practices.

For those passionate about research, this esteemed qualification paves the way for scholarly pursuits, enabling individuals to contribute to the ever-evolving body of knowledge in the field. Crucially, this programme equips students with the essential skills to thrive in leadership or management positions within the education sector. Participants develop a deep understanding of the pivotal role leaders play in shaping educational experiences, learning to navigate complex challenges and drive positive change within their organisations.

Women leading an talk at a convention as she gained the skills and qualifications through studying a Master's in Educational Leadership

Why Choose This Course

Benefits of an MA in Educational Leadership

Our MA in Educational Leadership programme is meticulously crafted for seasoned education professionals who aspire to advance within their current roles or explore new avenues. This comprehensive course offers an in-depth exploration of the prevailing trends and transformative changes shaping the education sector.

Students will gain invaluable insights into the global political, economic, social, and technological factors that are reshaping the educational landscape. By equipping themselves with a profound understanding of these dynamic forces, graduates will be empowered to navigate the complexities of the modern educational environment, enabling them to excel as visionary leaders and catalysts for positive change within their institutions.

Module Content

Our Educational Leadership Master’s programme immerses you in diverse materials: research-based readings, successful and failed leadership case studies, covering themes like teaching, cultural change, and school stakeholders. These materials foster an understanding of effective leadership principles and self-improvement.

We emphasise a principle-driven approach, showing how leaders can adapt them to their personalities and skills, enhancing day-to-day professional lives.

The curriculum introduces theories, psychology, and current research on leadership, memory, and learning, all tied to practical application in modern education. Real-life cases highlight leadership’s variety and challenge.

Module aims

Delivered by our partners at NITE and Coventry University, our MA in Educational Leadership comprises of six modules and an ‘action-research’ project, the qualification is typically part-time over two years, flexible based on personal/professional needs.

Flexible delivery includes modular study with exit awards: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). Our blended version includes two 3-day residentials, fostering peer support and collaboration at the Silverstone campus, with accommodation and meals covered.

Blended: September start. Online: September, January, April start.

How you’ll be taught

Online study including tutorials, group discussions, engagement with reading materials and case studies, provides you with flexible study.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Case study research
  • Online discussions
  • Written responses to real-life situations and longer written projects on ‘The Nature of Leadership’ and ‘The Leadership of Teaching and Teachers’

The Coventry University Group’s assessment strategy ensures that their courses are evaluated fairly, allowing for the monitoring of student progress toward achieving the intended learning outcomes. This higher education degree programme’s key elements involve an independent research project in educational leadership, where you’ll apply research skills to educational settings.

Additionally, you’ll explore a range of theoretical frameworks, leadership theory, and practical leadership approaches, enabling you to draw upon professional experiences. A crucial aspect of this programme is the opportunity to develop valuable knowledge and skills in educational research, thereby enhancing your personal and professional development.

Female leading a head of school meeting after she has completed her masters degree in educational leadership

Entry Requirements for our MA Educational Leadership

Prior learning and experience in teaching or schools is not a prerequisite of acceptance onto the qualification. Trainees can include recent graduates who have secured a teaching or teaching assistant job in a school, career changers and teachers/assistants who have worked in a school for a time but have no formal teaching qualification.

To gain entry to the qualification, all trainees must:

  • Employment – Be employed in a school for the duration of your study
  • Higher education – Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent as assessed by NARIC

Academic qualifications

  • The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 honours degree plus relevant experience

  • Students from outside the UK are expected to have equivalent entry qualifications

English Language Requirements

  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TOEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English qualification.

English Language Requirements

  • International students are expected to have equivalent entry qualifications

  • The University offers generous international and merit-based scholarships for postgraduate study

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

There are several different funding routes you can choose from to fund your master’s degree tuition fees with the Teacher Training College:

  • Your own levy – Embrace the potential of the Levy as a strategic tool to nurture talent, enrich educational programs, and forge robust partnerships with industry experts.

  • Salary Grant – The UK Teaching Salary Grant serves as a vital financial support system for educators, offering supplementary assistance to both new entrants and experienced professionals in the teaching field. This grant functions as a contribution towards the salary of qualified teachers, aiding schools in recruiting and retaining talented individuals. Whether it’s supporting newly qualified teachers embarking on their career journey or providing incremental assistance to seasoned educators, this grant stands as a pivotal component in the financial landscape of UK education.

  • Government co-investment – For employers that do not currently pay any apprenticeship levy contributions, there is a government-supported co-investment programme through which the central government will contribute 95% to the cost of an apprenticeship meaning this route is one open to all schools.

With the Teacher Training College and NITE, we offer part-time courses making higher education and further study more accessible to all. Tuition fees will vary for both UK and International students:

  • UK students: £5,000 (Online distance learning) £6,500 (Blended learning experience)

  • International students: £5,000 (Online distance learning) £8,000 (Blended learning experience)

For further information get in touch with us today, Neil Rintoul or Sarah Tate will be happy to discuss your options and offer you support services when choosing a master’s degree, professional development and career planning. 

If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at info@theteachertrainingcollege.co.uk or call us on 0330 390 0529.

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