This specialist programme is suitable for educators such as teachers, school leaders, lecturers, inspectors, administrators and officials who want to gain an insight into educational policy issues of current global significance and their implications for the effective leadership of educational institutions.

The policy themes are covered in the first semester, and the leadership and management implications are covered in the second semester. Both areas emphasise an international comparative perspective.

Study Details:

MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Year 1
Compulsory modules

Contemporary Global Challenges in Education Policy and Leadership Practice 30 credits
Critical Perspectives on Leadership Theory and Practice 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules

Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education 15 credits
Philosophical underpinning of educational research 15 credits
Qualitative data: processes of collection, interpretation and analysis 15 credits
Introduction to quantitative data analysis 15 credits
Technology, Education and Society 30 credits
Special Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches 30 credits
Education in Development 30 credits Gender, Globalisation and Development 30 credits
Global Inequalities and Development 30 credits

Student Destinations

Our graduates have pursued a range of careers. Most involve either gaining promotion to more senior leadership and management positions in educational institutions when they return to their own countries, or pursuing doctoral research programmes (EdD and PhD) at Leeds and elsewhere.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelor degree with a 2.1 (hons), plus two years of experience in the field of education. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Some management experience is also desirable.

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