M.A. On Campus

Education (Leadership)

University of Birmingham

24 months
17612 GBP/year
17612 GBP/year
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The MA Education (Leadership) from the University of Birmingham is a distinctive, evidence-focused Masters programme that develops capacity for leadership and expert practice in schools. This pathway is designed for those who want to make a difference through leadership that is focused on learning and school improvement.


The knowledge and experience gained from the Education (Leadership) programme from the University of Birmingham will place you in an ideal position to inform school improvement and make a difference within your leadership context. 

It will enhance your ability to lead school improvement by using research and evidence to develop and in some cases, challenge current practices.

On the MA Educational Leadership programme you will:

  • Engage with leading academics and expert school leaders from an international context;
  • Be part of a research-informed community which harnesses cutting-edge and seminal research literature and conducts research and enquiry to review and improve practice and school improvement initiatives;
  • Develop capacity for rigorous and critical analysis of evidence from research and evidence from practice in improving schools;
  • Develop your own specialist areas of expertise through research, leadership enquiry and other practice-focused assignments.


The MA Education (Leadership) has been designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for aspiring leaders in education. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in the form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice, or it may come in the form of leading professional development.

The knowledge and experience you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform leadership for school improvement by using research-based evidence to develop and in some cases, challenge current practices. With a strong focus on connecting research to practice, and using and analysing evidence, this course also provides a firm basis for students wishing to pursue further study on a PhD programme.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Understanding School Improvement 
  • Leadership for School Improvement
  • Educational Policy and Improving Schools

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.
  • It is required for applicants to have received qualifications or professional development in areas relevant to leadership beyond their initial teacher certification or equivalent (e.g. PGCert, NPQ) or have equivalent M Level credits or professional leadership experience. This experience must equate to the equivalent of demonstrating 60 credits at postgraduate level study. 
  • Personal Statement on your motivation and commitment on wanting to complete this programme of study
  • Evidence of sufficient English and Mathematics from your high school leavers certificate.
  • Two references. One academic and one professional that confirms your current role in an educational setting and evidences your motivation and commitment to undertake further study.   

Tuition Fee

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    17612 GBP/year
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    17612 GBP/year
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AED 90,396

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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