This programme is designed for practising teachers who are either in or aspiring to leadership roles in education. The programme will cover the major elements of leadership, management and education and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning leadership and management.

Study Details:

MEd: up to five years part-time on modular basis

Module Details:

Years 1 and 2

Teachers can choose a starting point appropriate to their experience and role:

  • PgCert Teacher Leadership & Learning for early careers teachers and teachers seeking to develop their teaching and leadership skills.
  • PgCert Middle Leadership & Management in Schools for aspiring and serving middle leaders to build skills in middle leadership.
  • PgCert Into Headship for aspiring Headteachers. The programme aligns with the Framework for Educational Leadership and is part of the national programme for the specialist qualification for headship in Scotland.

Year 3

Courses dependent on pathway:

Teacher and Middle Leadership pathway

Core courses

  • Dynamics and dilemmas of ethical leadership
  • Leading Professional Learning
  • Designing and planning a professional enquiry

Headship pathway

Two core courses and one optional course.

Core courses

  • Critical Reflection in the Transition to Headship
  • Equity and Excellence in Education

Optional course

  • Designing and Planning Practitioner Enquiry*
  • Dynamics and dilemmas of ethical leadership

*Required for progression to the dissertation.

Year 4 and 5

You will complete a dissertation in an area of professional interest alongside the research methods course. Participants will work in groups with a supervisor as they plan, conduct and review their enquiry into an area of practice.


MEd Home Full-time fee: £2889 Part-time fee: £321 per 20 credits

Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council and have access to a suitable work environment.

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