Bath Spa University

Education (Leadership and Management)

- Opportunity to reflect on and challenge your professional experience.

- Lively discussions on contemporary educational issues.

- Early evening classes to accommodate students who may be working.

"To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" - Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher

This course is designed for those who have experience of working in schools, colleges, universities or other educational providers and who seek to develop a better understanding of how educational leadership influences, and impacts upon, the experiences of staff and students. The course is also appropriate for those with an academic interest in studying educational leadership and management. Drawing on contemporary theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice.

You'll graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge, that's well placed to apply for middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised higher education institution. The content and subject matter of the degree is open. For overseas, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: education: economics, politics and society; leadership in practice (part 1); social science research; dissertation. Elective modules include: leadership in practice (part 2); leadership principles: context and challenges; leadership and coaching.

Assessment methods

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed
through coursework which typically involves an essay. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who offers guidance on structure and academic writing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time October 2017 2 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 1 1 Years

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