M.A. On Campus

Educational Leadership and Change

12 months
20900 GBP/year
9400 GBP/year
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The Educational Leadership and Change MA course at Durham University is intended for educational professionals who aspire to positions of leadership and change in education. 



The Educational Leadership and Change MA programme at Durham University  is designed to provide a broad-based view of educational leadership and change through the explicit and focused study of specific concepts and issues (e.g. change leadership, leadership of the curriculum, leadership of professional development, system or network leadership, etc.). It explores and critiques the theory, research and practice and encourage students to reflect on and challenge their own practice. The programme also actively caters to matters relating to a range of education sectors and provider types.

Course Structure

Full-time students study the four taught modules plus the dissertation over one year. 

Part-time students normally study two taught modules per year in years one and two. The dissertation is also completed in the second year of the programme.

On the MA Education Leadership and Change course, you will take compulsory core modules worth a total of 60 credits plus two optional modules worth 60 credits. Modules are offered either mid-week or at weekends, which provides flexible study routes and a wide choice of options. Modules are delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars workshops, and tutorials. The core modules are designed to provide you with a critical understanding of theories, research and issues relevant to your chosen course of study. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to devote significant amounts of time to reading, discussing and preparing for classes, assignments and project work.

Programme Structure

Core Modules include:

  • Leading Change in Educational Organisations
  • Design and Methods in Educational Research
  • Dissertation 
Optional Modules available in previous years include:
  • Effective Educational Leadership for Schools and School Networks
  • Leading Reflective Organisations
  • Digital Technologies and Education: Critical Perspectives
  • International Development and Education in A Global World
  • Education Policy and Evaluation
  • Special Education Needs and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • An honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent). Significant relevant experience will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20900 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part Time Fees

  • Home/Island Student: £5,170 per year
  • International non-EU/EU Student: £11,495 per year

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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