We place a high emphasis upon equipping our students with the skills to engage in institutional and professional development and respond to best practice from a global perspective. This programme brings together the best in professional knowledge and practice, cutting edge research and evaluation evidence.
There is a focus on developing the professional skills required to meet the challenges of continuous change and its potential impact upon those who manage and lead schools, public and private sector institutions, and other teachers and educational practitioners.
The degree will enable you to develop and improve your knowledge, understanding and practice as educational managers and leaders by critically analysing and synthesising national, international research and policy, plus to communicate outcomes in clear and convincing ways so as to enhance institutional performance.
View the programme specification document for this course
You do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background information, see How to Apply.
In this programme, you will normally take four common modules: Understanding education research, Learning and teaching, Policy and curriculum and Dissertation
You also choose an option, from topics such as: Inclusion and social justice in action, Globalisation and internationalisation in education, School effectiveness and improvement, Training Models and Evaluations. These reflect our research expertise within the School. These reflect our research expertise within the School.
You complete the programme with two pathway modules: Leadership in education, and Organisation and governance of educational institutions.
Programme tutor: Dr Charis Voutsina
Fees and funding
Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable.
- Study full-time up to 12 months and part-time up to 24 months.
- September start
- Contact is mainly through evening sessions
“The MSc in education provides many diverse pathways which are perfect for any individual looking to gain or enhance their understanding about educational issues that really matter to them”Nicholas Marco-Wadey - MSc Education Management and Leadership
Typical entry requirements
A first degree at first or upper second level from a UK University or equivalent qualification from a non-UK University. You will need to supply evidence that you have appropriate experience in education or in a related professional field relevant to the programme.
If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from a UK university, you will be required to provide evidence of competency in English. You can find fuller details on the Entry requirements page.
around 30 students
Average applications per place:
Selection is by online application. We advise you to check the Entry requirements carefully before submitting your application. We may ask you to come for interview before making an offer.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
On the full-time programme, you will take four taught modules in semester 1 and 2 taught modules plus the dissertation in semester 2. With the exception of the dissertation, which has a triple weighting, each module is worth 20 CATS (10 ECTS) credits and is expected to require a total of around 200 hours of study. On the part-time programme, you will take three modules in each year and spread your study over 2 years.
All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
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In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.