Key Facts

Course Title: Education (Leadership and Management)
Course type: MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
Contact Details:Angela Shelley (Programme Administrator)
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Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Education


Are you interested in the field of education?    

Our MA in Education is aimed at educational practitioners, and is available on either a full-time or part-time basis, which allows you the opportunity to study flexibly around current work commitments without the need to give up your job.  Our programme has been designed to allow you to tailor your study route around your own areas of interest, your professional needs and career aspirations.  

The MA will enable you to critically examine pressing educational issues in local, national and international contexts. The programme is research-led and theoretically rich, while providing opportunities for you to reflect upon, and examine your own social and professional contexts.

The final award you receive will depend upon the study route you choose.  Available study routes explore leadership and management, developing educational practice, and education in an international context.  Our core MA in Education takes a broad-based approach, considering subjects such as Reflecting upon Practice to Global Educational Issues.

Applicants who already hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), or equilvalent qualification may be considered for Accreditation of Prior Learning (see APL tab for further details).

Aims of the Course

The aims of the programme will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical awareness of a range of educational theories and issues that reflect your chosen specialisations;

  • Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences through higher level writing and presentation skills;

  • Critically reflect upon an array of educational practices and policies (including your own practice, where appropriate);

  • Draw upon appropriate theories, methodologies, practices and a wide range of evidence to design and undertake small-scale independent research on an educational issue of your choice.
Keele Graduate attributes

Engagement with this programme will enable you to develop your intellectual, personal and professional capabilities. At Keele, we call these our ten Graduate Attributes and they include independent thinking, synthesizing information, creative problem solving, communicating clearly, and appreciating the social, environmental and global implications of your studies and activities. Our educational programme and learning environment is designed to help you to become a well-rounded graduate who is capable of making a positive and valued contribution in a complex and rapidly changing world, whichever spheres of life you engage in after your studies are completed.

Further information about the Keele Graduate Attributes can be found here:

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from an awarding institution, or its equivalent. For applicants who fall short of this requirement, relevant work experience, or evidence of experience in the field may be considered as an alternative. Admission to the programme may be subject to an interview. 

Applicants from a country where English is not the first language are required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each subtest, or equivalent English language test scores.

Course Content

The MA Education (Leadership and Management) award is aimed at post-experience professionals, who wish to be encouraged to reflect critically on a range of issues that shape the role of educational leaders today; however, the modules are open to all students and will be taught in an inter-disciplinary manner.  

The modules Leading Groups & Teams (15 credits) and Managing Change & Conflict (15 credits) are compulsory to this award route.   Based on scholarship, professionalism and ethical practice, these two modules aim to enable you to critically examine the challenges of leadership in a wide range of contemporary educational, social and political contexts.  They also aim to draw on an array of theoretical and practical models for action.  Your chosen optional routes will then allow you to tailor your particular pathway through the programme (see the Module listings tab for further details).  Your dissertation would be expected to focus on this same area of specialism.

All students must take, and successfully complete the following two core modules:

  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Towards the end of your studies, you will be required to submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.  This will be the result of original research carried out during your MA studies, under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Mode of study
–  Each module comprising the programme is structured around taught input that is delivered via a range of means, depending on the module. The taught sessions will be delivered via a mixture of large and small group activities, individual tasks, and workshop sessions.  Research training is also undertaken, in preparation for your dissertation, and will be supported by a personal dissertation supervisor.

Teaching and Assessment


The MA will be taught and assessed by Keele University staff, who are considered to be highly qualified, experienced and respected academics, working at the forefront of their fields. We believe the breadth and depth of this expertise will bring a unique inter-disciplinary flavour to the programme, and will enable us to offer you excellent support and supervision.

Taught elements of the programme will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, small group tasks. Online support materials will also be available and comprise both text based resources, and a range of electronic resources.  All sessions and activities are seen as a key part of the programme, and this should allow you to fully immerse yourself in your studies (as appropriate to full or part-time study).  

Furthermore, as a postgraduate student, you are able to attend the School’s annual research seminar series, which will enable you to become involved in the School's research culture. You may also have the opportunity to engage directly with policy and the wider social world, through appropriate public engagement and social media initiatives. 


Assessment will be based on written work in the form of module assignments, blog posts, case studies, policy analyses/policy briefs, research proposals, followed by an end of course 15,000-word dissertation.  

Additional Costs

  • Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.

  • Travel, subsistence and accommodation costs are to be covered by the student.

MA Education (Leadership and Management): you will be required to complete the following modules:                                       

Block 1: Compulsory Route
31 Oct - 2 Nov 2018)

               EDU-40042  Leading Groups and Teams (15 credits) and 1 additional module from:
                  a) EDU 40100 Global Education Issues (15 credits)
                   b) EDU-40114  Reflecting on Practice 1 * (30 credits)

Block 2:  Compulsory Route
(12-14 Dec 2018)

               EDU 40045  Managing Change and Conflict (15 credits) and 1 additional module from:
                  a) EDU 40101  Creative Practice (15 credits)
                  b) EDU 40121  The Politics of Race and Education (15 credits)        

Block 3: Compulsory Route
(18 Feb - 20 Feb 2019)                                 

               EDU-40015   Research Methods (30 credits)

Block 4:  you will have the option of choosing either Route 1 or Route 2
(15- 17 April 2019)                                        

               Route 1: EDU 40120  Global Citizenship Education and 1 additional module from:
                  a) EDU 40122  Education, Employment and Professional Identity (15 credits)
                  b) EDU 40061  Towards a Personalised Curriculum (15 credits)
                  c) EDU 40119  Policy and Student Experience in Higher Education (15 credits)

               Route 2: EDU 40120  Reflecting on Practice 2* (30 credits) and 1 additional module from:
                  a) EDU 40122  Education, Employment and Professional Identity (15 credits)
                  b) EDU 40061  Towards a Personalised Curriculum (15 credits)
                  c) EDU 40119  Policy and Student Experience in Higher Education (15 credits)

               EDU-40027   Dissertation (60 credits)
               (full time students - due Sept 2019, part -time students Sept 2020).

* Note: If you choose to do EDU 40114 Reflecting on Practice 1 in Block 1, then you will have to do EDU 40114 Refelecting on Practice 2 in Block 4, and vice versa (as this is a 30 credit module delivered over 2 blocks).

Accrediatation of Prior Learning

Where appropriate, an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route is also available subject to a successful APL application.  This will include, but not be limited to, those who have satisfactorily completed a PGCE (60 credits) at PG level.

Up to 60 Level 7 credits can be accredited through the University’s APL procedure against any MA Education, MA Education (Developing Educational Practice), MA Education (International Education) and MA Education (Leadership and Management) modules, with the exception of the Research Methods and Dissertation modules.

The University’s APL procedure is found at: