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Course summary

Why this course?

  • Silver in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering the high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students
  • An accessible programme with evening teaching to help you fit your studies around work commitments
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023)
  • The 2023 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton 2nd in London for research quality in education
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021)
  • Specialise in your areas of interest to reflect your current professional role and future career aspirations
  • Accredited by CMI (Chartered Management Institute), a professional body for standards in the management and leadership industry
About this course: A CMI accredited master's degree that will engage you in analytical enquiry into the theory of leadership within education, helping you improve your own practice and your that of your organisation. Topics covered include:
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Excellence: from Glass Ceilings to Sticky Floors
  • Social and Educational Research
  • Leading Educational Organizations
  • Developing Staff and Leading Teams
  • Building Communities of Learning for Pupils and Practitioners
  • System Leadership: Stepping across Educational Thresholds to Promote Educational Change
  • Contemporary Education Policy Debates: National and International Perspectives
Skills: Our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;
  • Studying leadership and management in educational contexts from international perspectives to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice
  • Taking a people-focused approach, to understand the complexities of individuals and teams, and wider groups such as the staff, the organisation itself and beyond
  • The aim of this master's programme is to strengthen students’ awareness of the social and communal influences that impact upon the ideas, frameworks and practices adopted by leaders and organisations within our communities
Career Opportunities Graduates of MA Education Leadership and Management will be prepared for a career in:
  • Leadership and management in schools, colleges, universities and early years settings
  • Working in government organizations and educational charities
  • Consultancy
  • Training industries
  • Further academic study at PhD level


Entry requirements

The programme is designed for students with existing Level Postgraduate Diploma level qualifications in Education Leadership and Management, equivalent to 120 Level-7 credits. We can also accept 120 Level-7 credits on a similar programme (PC to check if this is applicable). The programme will also allow, exceptionally, an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) entry for candidates who have extensive senior management experience that covers elements associated with the Education Leadership and Management subject areas. As recommended by Registry, APEL would need to be claimed (Rev. Academic Office Nov 2021 2 of 11) through producing a portfolio which will evidence the request for academic credit. Two academic staff members will assess the APEL portfolio on the suitability of the claim and if there is a need for additional evidence. RPCL and APEL verification may include a written exercise and an interview with the Programme Convenor or equivalent.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8243 Year 1
Scotland £8243 Year 1
Wales £8243 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8243 Year 1
EU £17325 Year 1
International £17325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees quoted for 2024
Education Leadership and Management (Top-up) at University of Roehampton - UCAS