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MA Educational Leadership in Practice Part-time

The University of Manchester- Middle East Centre
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Blended learning
September 2021
Application deadline: August 2021

Program description

MA Educational Leadership in Practice Part-time

At The University of Manchester we believe educators are powerful influencers and have important voices in a rapidly globalising world. It is our intention to empower educational leaders to face tough challenges in globalising educational spaces with compassion and competency.

This part-time, blended programme has the advantage of being run by leadership specialists who mentor and foster leadership behaviours and skills, as well as developing a rich critical understanding of the field. In this way, this course is truly empowering for leaders who wish to engage at higher levels, whilst running a complex organisation based upon respect and dignity.

Admission requirements

  • A good honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent, in a related area.

  • An initial qualification in teaching, or at least two year’s professional experience in a public or private educational organisation, are desirable but not essential requirements. If neither is possessed then the applicant needs to have secured their degree from one of the top 400 institutions in the home country. 

  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 (or equivalent) if English is not your first language.

English Language requirements:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.5 in the writing component and no other subsection below 6.0

  • TOEFL internet-based score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20

  • CAE or CPE overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169

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Program content

You can expect to study  units covering topics such as:

Models of educational leadership

  • Explore conceptualising educational leadership practice as adjectival model
  • Examine what this means in diverse international contexts
  • Examine and evaluate a range of key models

Engaging with research in educational leadership

  • What is educational leadership?
  • What topics can be researched in education?
  • Why should research in education be taken seriously?

Leading educational change

  • Examining what is meant by ‘change’
  • Counter-productive and productive motivators for and mechanisms for change
  • Critical perspective on leading change

Education policy and leadership

  • What is policy and how is it ‘done’?
  • Policy architecture
  • Welfarism, social democracy and neoliberalism as policy architecture

Educational Leadership as a Social Practice

  • Educational leadership practice in a Globalising education system
  • Getting and doing the job
  • Using research evidence

Optional Unit/Accreditation of Previous Learning

  • Digital Media and Information Literacy
  • Leadership of International Schools

Program delivery

This part-time master's programme is delivered through a blended learning format, with workshops in Dubai

The course is a blended learning programme which is delivered through face-to-face course conferences + interactive online learning with a total of 200 hours of study per unit (approximately 20 hours per week).

Be the positive change your organisation needs

Study with international experts and global leaders in the delivery of Educational Leadership with over 22 years’ of teaching and research experience.

Sector Inspired- Study using a Practice-Based Learning Approach that challenges you to think critically.
Truly Global- Join peers from around the world at the 3-day course conferences held each semester.
World-class- Taught by global leaders in the delivery of Educational Leadership.

FACE-TO-FACE International Course Conferences

You will have the opportunity to attend two major course conferences during the year. Each conference is held at The University of Manchester’s Middle East Centre, located in the heart of Dubai’s Knowledge Park. 

During these three-day course conferences you can take advantage of valuable networking opportunities and learn from industry peers, experts and academics. At these course conferences you will undertake practical activities based on your units in small multinational groups. This blended learning approach offers a balance between strategic focus, theoretical foundations and practical applications that will apply directly to your workplace.

Tuition fees

GBP 16,800 inclusive of 5% VAT.
The fee is payable in four  instalments.
Contact us today to know more about our Early Bird Discounts (T&Cs apply).

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The University of Manchester- Middle East Centre

The University of Manchester – Middle East Centre opened at Dubai Knowledge Park in 2006 with the launch of its flagship Global Part-time MBA program. Today, the centre has supported over 2,700 part-time MBA students and graduated over 1,700. The...

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