MA / PGCert / PGDip

Educational Leadership and Management (Part-Time)

Student
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September, January and April
  • Course duration: Four years part-time (maximum)

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Education at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

this course is designed to produce graduates who are autonomous, able to carry out ethical research studies in different educational contexts, and who can recognised the importance of the application of education theories and research to understand education debates and policies across a range of educational settings and contexts. This course is designed for a wide range of people interested in educational leadership and management, such as those who currently, or are wanting to, work in a leadership or management role in an educational setting or education policy or research contexts. These education settings range from early years to higher education and all sectors in between and beyond formal education. Therefore the course is designed to provide different modes and routes that are suited to the breadth of potential students who have a range of expertise and experience. As such it has a generic approach to the modules which can then be applied locally and in different contexts.

The part time MA route has been structured to allow you to join the MA at different stages based on your accredited prior learning (APL). Within the part time route three modules are offered for offsite teaching, which are designed for groups of employees to undertake level 7 study onsite in the school, college or other educational setting where they are employed, under the guidance of the university tutor. To achieve an MA Educational Leadership and Management at least 90 credits of your 180 credits must include the Educational Leadership and Change Management module and your dissertation subject must relate to educational leadership and management.

What you'll study

This is a demanding and exciting research-based programme. It requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking, discussion, reflection and writing, enabling you to take the next, critical step in your professional learning.

This Masters degree allows you to investigate a range of issues impacting on education in general and your own organisation in particular. We want you to challenge your thinking.

  • Core modules

    Core modules

    You will complete four core modules:

    Research Skills (30 credits)

    This module will prepare you for undertaking empirical study independently and ethically and it will help you critique published work you study in subsequent modules. It provides a foundation for other modules, it helps you understand how research has impact and is the start of your progression towards conducting research studies that will have impact. In this module you are also introduced to alternative research methods and will study creative and indigenous research methods.

    Educational Leadership and Change Management module (30 credits)

    The Education Leadership and Change Management module is aimed at those who are involved in educational leadership and want to manage the process of change effectively. It will be of particular interest to you if you join the course with APL from an National Professional Qualification and is a good progression from the Reflection on National Professional Qualifications module. The module includes a focus on international contexts and comparison of change in education and how globalisation of policy and practice is shaping education institutions

    Social Justice in Education (30 credits)

    The Social Justice in Education module explicitly links to the Institute’s aim to work with and for the disadvantaged and hard to reach. Its focus is to enable you to critically analyse current debates on aspects of social identity, equality, inequality, inclusion and exclusion in education. During the module there will be opportunities for you to bring your own views and experience to bear on these debates, whilst introducing you to new concepts and theories. The dissertation module is where you will undertake an independent research project. This module gives you the opportunity to carry out an extended piece of empirical research of your own design under the supervision of an individual staff member with specialist knowledge in you chosen area of study.

    Dissertation (60 credits)

    The dissertation module allows you to focus your research in an area of professional interest; thus, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding in your chosen career area.

    If you are on the part time route, you will normally complete two modules in year 1, two in year 2 and begin the dissertation module in term 3 of year 2, which will be submitted at the end of term 2 in year 3. The part time route has been designed so that you complete one module at a time. The part time route compromises 180 credits and will be completed within four years.

  • Optional modules and offsite modules

    In addition to the three core modules listed above you will complete two optional modules.

    The following option modules will be available for part time students, although not all modules will be available to study every academic year:

    Early career teachers (30 credits)

    An opportunity for recently qualified (<5 years) teachers to examine key learning experiences and the imp act these have had on their professional practice. It will explore the knowledge and understanding that they have gained, and examine the skills they have developed. They will also learn more about the theory and skills of reflection.

    Coaching and Mentoring in educational contexts (30 credits)

    Coaching and mentoring are an important aspect in the professional development of staff in schools, universities and colleges, and other educational settings. The focus of this module will be on the purposes, strategies and theories of coaching and mentoring, as they apply to individuals working to support colleagues in their role, and the institutional issues these raise in schools, colleges and universities. Through a critical examination and application of the theory and an analytical exploration of the practice of coaching and mentoring, this module aims to enhance the professional development of the staff working in educational settings.

    Curriculum Innovations (30 credits)

    The module aims to provide opportunities for you to explore the fundamental theories of curriculum innovation. Through this exploration, you will start to consider how research evidence informs educational change. Through a combination of desktop research, skills and project planning you will develop an innovative practice related to curriculum development, process or product, for future enactment in your chosen educational setting.

    Reflection on National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) (30 credits)

    This module provides an opportunity to reflect on the experience of an accredited National Professional Qualification (NPQML/Sl/H/EH) and the impact this has had on students’ professional practice. It will explore the knowledge and understanding that they have gained, and examine the skills they have developed. They will also learn more about the theory and skills of reflection.

    Education leadership and change management (30 credits)

    For all involved in any enterprise it is essential to understand the change process. In education, where there is significant externally-imposed change and consequent (or self-determined) institutional change those aspiring to lead in such a context need to be able to lead and manage the process of change effectively.

    Perspectives on inclusive education (30 credits)

    This module provides an opportunity to explore a wide range of perspectives on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and inclusion. This will include the perspectives of children and young people, parents, professionals, social value groups, academics and government. The module enables you to examine national and international perspectives, presented through research, literature, SEND/Inclusion groups and individuals’ experiences. It will also consider some of the key issues in the terminology/language of SEND and inclusion, reflecting on the nature of this impact on learning and teaching practices in educational settings.

    Modules taught offsite

    The modules offered are designed so that the focus of the module is defined in such a way for the outcomes to benefit your educational setting:

    Early career teachers (30 credits)

    As above.

    Independent study (30 credits)

    You will be able to select a small scale project to investigate an area of practice that is of current professional interest. The focus will be negotiated and agreed with the module tutor through an initial proposal. The investigation will include collection of information from both secondary and should you choose, primary sources, demonstrating knowledge and understanding through analysis, evaluation and reflection.

    Reflecting on professional development (30 credits)

    You will critically reflect your professional learning arising from recent and on-going courses of professional development. The module is for a small study group who are taught within their educational setting, known as ‘offsite’. The module involves some face to face sessions delivered offsite, several independent learning tasks and supported by online resources. The module aims to explore how teacher reflection can be used to support professional learning by considering how professional learning activities impact individual practice. The module also enables students to develop collaborative professionalism within different educational settings.

    You will only be able to study a maximum of two offsite modules. After completing one or two offsite modules you will have the opportunity to study modules on the Clifton campus and join other part time students.

    • To enable you to reflexively draw upon, apply and assess concepts and approaches relating to social justice in your understanding of education, and inform your action to address social justice issues.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The course content reflects the changing education environment and is subject to regular review and development. A variety of teaching and learning approaches are used to support you during the course. These approaches are designed to help you to achieve the course learning outcomes and support and prepare you for your current and future careers.

While completing your master's you will study in a number of ways including:

  • blended learning
  • our virtual online learning environment (NOW)
  • teaching at your own institution (by prior arrangement)
  • learning through practical experience in an educational setting
  • study sets.

Face-to-face and blended learning teaching provides core course teaching, supported by seminars as a space where you will enhance your understanding of the taught material. Lectures and online activities are given and prepared by tutors and visiting guest lecturers, who may include course alumni and postgraduate research students from the Institute of Education.

Additionally, group work and activities, discussions and debates is used to explore issues from the lecture and pre-session reading. Tutors draw on their own research that is relevant to the course, such as their research on teaching, educational issues and research methods. You can choose to build on or use tutor’s research in your own studies, particularly in the Dissertation module.

Assessment methods

A wide range of creative assessment strategies are used in the course, which will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise you will need to develop an effective professional profile relevant to, or progression within, their desired career area. These include:

  • Seminar presentations;
  • Research posters;
  • Critical reviews of published research;
  • Extended critical reflections on your own practice and professional development experiences;
  • Research study in an area of your choice

Careers and employability

The MA Education degree is increasingly seen as both academic enhancement and a means to facilitate career progress. Many graduates have gone on to successful careers within the education sector, pursuing senior roles, while others have continued studying to complete a Professional Doctorate, an MPhil or a PhD.

The MA Education programme is not a teacher training course and will not give you Qualified Teacher Status.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

100% of our Education Masters postgraduates are employed in graduate level obs or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17, Postgraduate All).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need:

  • a good degree, at a minimum of 2.2 from a recognised university.

Other requirements:

  • Work experience is preferred, but applications will be considered without it. We can find placements during the course for students without experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

You will need:

  • a good degree, at a minimum of 2.2 from a recognised university.

Other requirements:

  • Work experience is preferred, but applications will be considered without it. We can find placements during the course for students without experience.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Applicants can use 60 credits from a PGCE or 120 credits from a PGDE towards the MA Education

How to apply

Applications will open soon. Please keep checking the application portal.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications will open soon. Please keep checking the application portal.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)

Part-time

£1,167 per 30 credit module, £2,334 per 60 credit module.  Fees are subject to change for 2020 entry.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page or our funding page will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study route

International

Part-time

£2,417 per 30 credit module, £4,834 per 60 credit module. Fees are subject to change for 2020 entry.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Still need help?

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