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Advanced Educational Practice: Leadership and Management

This programme enables you to develop your leadership and management capabilities; develop your understanding of relevant theory, research and practice; enhance your ability to contribute to organisational effectiveness. The programme team have strong links with schools, colleges, local authorities and other universities, ensuring that our curriculum and approach to professional development are relevant to the current needs of the profession.

It differs from many other postgraduate programmes in its focus on enhancing practice and, as such, attracts professionals from a range of educational sectors. This mix of professionals results in a dynamic learning environment for all, where you learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MA Advanced Educational Practice pathways are:

  • An honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject
  • Current employment as an educational practitioner

 Applications are welcome from practitioners who may hold alternate qualifications, such as Certificate in Education (Post-16), with appropriate professional experience.

If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of Level 6 in reading and writing).

Application and selection

​Applications are invited from all working in the education sector. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Programme Leader and, as such, we welcome enquiries from potential applicants who do not meet the above criteria but who feel their professional experience would enable them to succeed on the programme. Please note: A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students needing to visit locations outside of their own workplace where there is access to children.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and optional modules for further information on what you will study.

Year 1

Mentoring in the Workplace (Core)

Supports the professional development of mentors in educational contexts, utilising the theoretical frameworks that underpin mentoring to explore practice in your own setting.

Developing Mentoring and Coaching (Core)

Explores established and emerging practice in effective mentoring and coaching within the professional context.

Developing Collaborative Coaching for Improvement (Core)

Investigates collaborative coaching within an organisational context using a learning community forum as a means for practitioners to engage peers in reflection, knowledge creation and evidence of impact.

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Researching Professional Practice (Core)

Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Approaches to Learning in the 21st Century (Optional)

Investigates teaching and learning through analysis of, engagement with, and reflection on, current educational theory, research and practice in the context of your own professional setting.

Exploring Curriculum Change (Optional)

Explores key theoretical frameworks and concepts in curriculum models, drivers, innovation and the evaluation and curriculum change and their implications for professional practice.

Learning through Assessment (Optional)

Provides a grounding in educational assessment practice in a time dominated by change and developing educational theories, policies and challenge.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (Optional)

Develops awareness of the impact of social and emotional aspects of learning through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice.

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader (Optional)

Explores the characteristics of effective subject leadership to inform the organisation and management of learning in a range of professional settings.

Professional Development for Leadership (Optional)

Provides professional development for leadership and management through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its application within your professional setting.

Year 3

Dissertation (Optional)

Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Professional Inquiry (Optional) Involves the development and implementation of several linked practice based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Assessment methods

All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, and critical reflections on professional practice.

As a practice-based programme there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.


All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. 


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years

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