Educational Leadership and Management
A flexible route for leadership and management in educational settings
Why take this course?
If you want to develop your leadership and management knowledge and skills in educational settings and organisations, you will find that this course provides you with that opportunity. The programme aims to support reflection and empowerment for the professional working in the field of education.
You can study this course through campus-based or distance learning.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Use your current educational setting and workplace context, to ensure that your learning is meaningful and professionally relevant
- Choose your method of study: full time; part-time (one evening a week over two years); or through flexible distance learning methods.
- Stay connected to your lecturers through our online virtual learning environment
What opportunities might it lead to?
The course is intended for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors in a variety of educational settings and organisations (state, private, public, commercial or voluntary sectors of education who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates of the course attain senior management positions in educational organisations.
My tutor was exceptional. I truly couldn’t have done it without her. She was challenging, demanding, rigorous, supportive, motivational, organised – what can I say, she was amazing!
Moira Howorth, MSc Educational Leadership and Management student
- 1 year full time (campus-based), 2 years part time (campus-based), 2 years part time (distance learning)
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Other applicants may be admitted and will undertake a programme of preparatory reading and submit a written paper in order to confirm ability to study at postgraduate level. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students (campus-based)
2016/17 entry: full time: £4,700 part time: £2,350 p/a*
International students (campus-based)
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 part time: £6,000 p/a*
Distance Learning students
2016/17 entry: Distance Learning: £2,100 p/a*
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- School of Education and Continuing Studies
- Programme specification
- Programme specification (PT)
Structure & Teaching
All students must successfully complete a total of 7 assignments and submit a 12,000 - 15, 000 word Dissertation in order to attain the necessary 180 credits for the award of a Master of Science Degree. Students who have successfully submitted 4 assignments and attained 60 credits at MSc level may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management, or with a Diploma, providing they have successfully submitted a total of 7 assignments and attained 120 credits.
- Education Policy, Strategy and Change (Campus-based only)
- Leadership, Policy and Strategy (Distance learning only)
- Management of People and Marketing in Public Organisations
- Management of Resources, Finance and Information Systems
- Research Methods in Education
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching methods include seminars, group work, lectures and student presentations. Students are encouraged to produce work related assignments, although this is not prescriptive if a student encounters difficulty in the work place or is a full time student.
All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be pleased to discuss particular issues or specific questions, and who will help each student plan an appropriate course of study and research, discuss progress of work and advise how to construct the dissertation in terms of aims, scope and presentation.
The Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and the accompanying course handbook provides a general guide to the most frequent questions relating to the programme and you will be advised about how to study online and the assessment details for each unit, the marking criteria and the academic referencing conventions. At the start of each unit you will be able to access information about the unit including details of the learning outcomes, syllabus, assessment requirements and recommended reading lists.
You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow students online through an online discussion forum and other digital media.
How are you assessed?
You will be guided through the assessment process for each unit by your tutors and there will be extensive online supporting materials. Assessments will include online tests and quizzes, reflective commentaries, case study work, article critiques, online discussions, research proposal and a dissertation. Many of the assessments will relate to analyses of your current (and possibly future) workplace contexts.
Students who exit with 60 credits at Msc Level will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management, and those who exit with 120 credits will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management.
Facilities & Features
Study in SECS
The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town and the sea front, alongside a powerful and flexible online learning environment.
This course allows you to focus on real-world issues and problems from your current workplace as part of your study, creating a valuable synergy between what you learn in the programme and your working practices.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
The Staff that teach on our course have all had experience of working in the Higher Education sector and can all therefore empathise and anticipate the questions and challenges I face as part of my job.
Chris Robinson, MSc Educational Leadership and Management student 2013
Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Other costs to consider
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Careers & Opportunities
As a graduate of this programme, you may expect to develop your leadership and managerial career prospects, nationally or internationally, through the development of relevant skills, knowledge and experience. Many of our graduates have attained senior leadership and management positions in educational settings and organisations.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.
Postgraduate Information Days 2016
- Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1pm – 5pm
Our Postgraduate Information Days are for anyone considering postgraduate study at the University of Portsmouth. It’s your opportunity to learn about the University and the postgraduate opportunities on offer.
Meet with our postgraduate subject specialists and faculty admissions teams who will provide information and guidance on the range of Master's courses and research programmes available at the University. In addition, some of our current postgraduate students will be available to speak to you about postgraduate student life at Portsmouth, alongside staff from our Careers and Recruitment service, Student Finance Team, International Office and Graduate School.
Alternatively, If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.
Find out more information about our self-guided walking tours.
Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.
Fees and Funding
Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.