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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.

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 for this course for 2018/19 entrants
View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

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 three compulsory modules, two pathway modules, one option module and the Dissertation.

The two pathway modules which are core for the Education Management and Leadership pathway are: EDUC6345 Leadership in Education and EDUC6349 Management in Education Organisations.



Programme tutor: Dr Andri Christodoulou

Fees and funding

Standard postgraduate taught programme fees are chargeable. 

Key Facts

  • Study full-time up to 12 months and part-time up to 24 months.
  • September start.
  • Contact is mainly through daytime 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-WadeyMSc 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.

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent 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.

Year 1

All options are offered subject to availability and a viable cohort.

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Education Management and LeadershipMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Education Management and LeadershipMSc 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
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We are partnering with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) to offer international scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. The CSC is accepting applications for the MSc Education (with pathways in Education Management and Leadership or Education Practice and Innovation) 2020 entry.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

To check your eligibility and find out how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Shared Scholarships section of our Commonwealth scholarships page and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

Explore funding opportunities

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:

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

Full-time and part-time study

Full-time study typically follows a schedule of two evenings a week although this can vary depending on the programme. Part-time study is normally based on the same timetable as our full-time programmes in a convenient pattern consistent with a two-year completion period. Part-time study involves an average of four evenings attendance at the School per month during term-time between October and May. For both full and part-time students a non-assessed enrichment programme can also be arranged, including attendance at our professional themes lectures and research seminars.

How will you learn?

Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies. These also aim to promote continuing professional development. Some of the key learning approaches that you will experience as a student in the School will include:

Group work This is recognised as vital in your development when looking forward to, or continuing in, a professional role. You will be supported in learning how to form and maintain group cohesiveness to achieve clearly defined outcomes, such as a report, a group presentation or a combination of both. Group work will be managed through different ways reflecting approaches you may well experience in the work place. In some cases you will be grouped by the lecturer and at other times you will have the task to form your own group.

Research and Case-studies You will be presented with different studies that reflect the reality of research design, decision making and problem solving activities in today’s organisational environment. The case studies are selected to reflect the specific needs of your programme or module of study.

Learning alongside other students Throughout your time with us you will be working alongside fellow students from a wide range of cultural and geographical backgrounds. This is a powerful resource and we are particularly keen to encourage you to set up learning networks with other students that may extend beyond the time of your study at Southampton. You will be expected to learn to communicate with each other as well as your lecturers in a variety of contexts. During group lectures you may be given the opportunity to discuss a specific problem or complete a task in small groups, often with people who are sitting alongside you. The possible answers would be shared
by the group as guided by your teacher. You will be an ‘active’ learner through taking part in small group discussions and offering your views on many occasions.

E-learning E-learning facilities are provided through a learning environment called ‘Blackboard’ which enables access to many additional resources and supporting learning materials. The School also provides a dedicated website
with links for online learning support.

Student Support Service for Learning We will help support your learning needs throughout your time of study. We will provide an induction programme as well as individual support in study skills, where appropriate. You will also be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic development.


Study locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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