MA Leadership and Management (Education) is for those who are, or aspire to be, leaders or managers in an educational setting. You may already be working in school settings or other institutions, such as the health service or the police force. This postgraduate course is suitable for those working within a nursery setting through to those working in an adult learning environment.
You will gain a deeper and broader understanding of the latest developments in the sector, engage critically with educational and management theory ideas and research and apply your learning to your own practice. In addition, you will also learn from others in the group, and be encouraged to share good practice and develop links with colleagues from other organisations.
In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you will study the core module Research Methodology. Three other modules are then selected, at least two of which must be chosen from the specialist modules below. You may then choose one relevant option module.
Developing Learning in Organisations
Topics covered include the management of learning, the wellbeing agenda, the role of senior managers and the management of new curriculum initiatives, assessment for learning, pupil peer and self-assessment, the use of assessment evidence in research/inspection documentation, and analysis of quantitative assessment data to promote organisational improvement.
Developing People in Organisations
This module will appeal to those working as, or aspiring to be, leaders in institutions with an educational setting. Topics covered include team building, effective leadership, appraisal and mentoring and managing change in organisations. Different leadership models are considered alongside national initiatives, as well as a consideration of decision making strategies to overcome resistance.
Strategic Management and Accountability
This module should appeal to those working as, or aspiring to be, leaders in institutions with an educational setting. Topics covered are institutional vision, managing change and strategic plans and their implementation.
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
Most students following the part-time programme spend two years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are allowed to take a maximum of five years to complete the whole programme.
Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing their dissertation.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. As a result of successful study of the MA Leadership and Management (Education), a significant number of students have achieved senior management posts within educational settings.
If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities at the University of South Wales.