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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Education Management and Leadership

This programme is taught by academics with expertise in management, leadership and school improvement and effectiveness, and will give you the opportunity to develop more effective practice. One of our research centres focuses directly on the issues covered by this programme; its research is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSc Education Management and Leadership at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Education Management and Leadership and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Education Management and Leadership.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Programme Overview

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

To Apply

You do this through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background information, see How to Apply.

Programme Structure

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, Learning and digital literacies, Mentoring and staff development, School effectiveness and improvement, Research issues in mathematics education. These reflect our research expertise within the School. You may also be able to take an option from a range of master’s modules offered across the University.

You complete the programme with two pathway modules: Leadership in education, and Organisation and governance of educational institutions.

Contacts

Enquiries: pgtapply.fshs@soton.ac.uk

Programme tutor: Dr Charis Voutsina

Fees and funding

Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable. 

Key Facts

  • Study full-time up to 18 months and part-time up to 30 months.
  • September start
  • Contact is mainly through evening sessions
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“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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Degree

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.

International applicants

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. 

Selection process

Intake: around 30 students

Average applications per place: 3

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 equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

On the full-time programme, you will take four modules in each semester. 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 two modules in each semester and spread your study over 2 years.

Year 1

Semester One

Two Semester 1 modules are common to all MSc Education programmes, while the third is a specialist pathway module. You can choose your fourth module from the options listed below, or take another suitable option from the Faculty or University.  All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.

In addition to the core modules listed below, 2 additional taught modules must be passed at 50%.

Compulsory
EDUC6347
Learning and Teaching
EDUC6353
Understanding Education Research
Optional

EDUC6413 Training Models and Evaluations

EDUC6343
Globalisation and Internationalisation in Education
EDUC6346
Learning and Digital Literacies
EDUC6351
School Effectiveness and Improvement
EDUC6359
Inclusion and Social Justice in Action
Core
EDUC6345
Leadership in Education
Semester Two

One module is common to all MSc Education programmes, while the other is a specialist pathway module.

The remainder of the semester is allocated to preliminary classes, planning and research work on your dissertation.

Compulsory
EDUC6350
Policy and Curriculum
Core
EDUC6349
Organisation and Governance of Educational Institutions
EDUC6342
Dissertation

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 or website).

Learning & Assessment

Costs

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 University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

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.

Study locations

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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