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Educational Leadership, M.Ed.

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  • 18 months
The Masters in Educational Leadership, University of Buckingham aims to improve the quality of education in the nation’s schools by developing the leadership capacities of current and potential heads and deputies. The course exists in two versions: Secondary and Prep and Primary. The principles and methods are identical; some of the examples used are different (as are the attendees!).


Masters in Educational Leadership, University of Buckingham:

Course outline Since it is our aim not merely to study educational leadership but to develop high quality educational leaders, the course is deeply practical Its methods have more in common with a degree in engineering than one in theoretical physics, with medicine than biological science.

It draws on best existing practice in the state and the independent sectors. The leadership models that it considers are not confined to the world of education and its approach is heavily influenced by the Harvard Business School’s famous case study model. All written assignments are rooted in the professional concerns of individual course members.

Our intention is that, at all times, the work should be directly relevant to their interests and the professional challenges facing them. It is based on these 4 core assumptions The central concern of schools is Teaching and Learning and therefore the central concern of heads must be to ensure excellence in this area Such excellence is achieved through the motivation and management of people – not through administration and bureaucracy Success in the enterprise is dependent on intellectual honesty and independence of thought, not on adherence to fashionable nostra Since leaders are individuals, the course needs to be tailored to individual requirements Though its intentions are deeply serious, its style is irreverent, even idiosyncratic.

The course aims to couple intellectual challenge with enjoyment. The best leaders are, after all, independent-minded individualists not humourless automata.

Programme Structure

Teaching methods:

  • The degree programme is based both in Buckingham and in the candidates’ own schools. It is built around 4 units, each with its own supporting text: Leadership theory Managing the people Teaching and learning Effective use of resources
  • The course begins with a self-assessment process, at the end of which, candidates are visited in their own schools by a course tutor. The tutor discusses with them the results and implications of their self-assessment, and frames with them a provisional action plan for the next 12-18 months.
  • The taught course lasts for one academic year. Three 3-day residentials are held at Buckingham. At these, the issues tackled in the course units are discussed, Harvard-style case studies are examined, and national figures in education outline their own views on leadership issues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be a head teacher, deputy head, head of subject or head of year, with at least 4 years teaching experience.

Work Experience

At least 4 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2868 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4300 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2628 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
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Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food and accommodation when at Buckingham.

Living costs for Buckingham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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