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Education (Leadership)

University of Birmingham Dubai

24 months
12251 EUR/year
12251 EUR/year
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The Education (Leadership) programme from University of Birmingham Dubai 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.


On the Education (Leadership) programme from University of Birmingham Dubai, 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.

Combining inclusive and values-driven leadership with an emphasis on understanding and using research to drive learning and school improvement, this is a programme for those leaders who want to lead socially inclusive change in the field of education. The MA Education (Leadership) programme consists of 120 credits of study over two years on a part-time basis.


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 include:

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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.
  • Personal Statement (minimum 500 words) 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 (this should be the equivalent of a C grade at GCSE level, please allow us to help you clarify your equivalent grade).
  • Two references. One academic (e.g. previous university tutor) and one professional that confirms your current role in an educational setting and evidences your motivation and commitment to undertake further study.   
  • English Proficiency
  • Academic transcripts and certificates for all relevant academic qualifications;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12251 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24503 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    12251 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24503 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

AED 99,902

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.


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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