Education Leadership and Management

Postgraduate School of Education

A CMI accredited master's degree that will engage you in analytical enquiry into the theory of leadership within education, helping you improve your own practice and that of your organisation. The 2023 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton 2nd in London for research quality for Education.

Education Leadership and Management
Entry Tariff

PGCert 60
PGDip 120
MA 180


1 year (full-time)
2-4 years (part-time)

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type




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Gain the expertise you need to standout in today’s marketplace.

Designed with professionals in mind, the Roehampton Education, Leadership and Management MA provides a highly flexible programme of study aimed at students and professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and analytical enquiry.

By focusing on graduating with a professional skillset, you’ll become a confident, agile, independent thinker, with the ability to adapt rapidly to change. This incorporates:

• Studying leadership and management in educational contexts from international perspectives to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice

• Taking a people-focused approach, to understand the complexities of individuals and teams, and wider groups such as the staff, the organisation itself and beyond.

The aim of this master's programme is to strengthen students’ awareness of the social and communal influences that impact upon the ideas, frameworks and practices adopted by leaders and organisations within our communities.


This Masters programme is accredited by CMI (Chartered Management Institute), a professional body for standards in the management and leadership industry. A CMI qualification is a recognised and reputable credential that demonstrates skills and knowledge required for a role in management and leadership. 

Here are the three benefits of this accreditation: 

  • The L7 Cert in Strategic Management and Leadership awarded automatically upon completion of this degree, with no additional study or assessment requirement.
  • 'Foundation' Chartered Manager (fCMgr) awarded upon completion.
  • Membership of CMI throughout the degree and for 3 months thereafter, entitling the learner access to our member community and events + ManagementDirect, Career Development Centre, Kooth mental health support platform, and thought leadership. 

How you'll learn

Choose an MA that works for you.

The course is delivered through stimulating, interactive workshops, lectures, and seminars at Roehampton. You will study a range of theoretical perspectives, critically looking at the values and assumptions underpinning these views.

You’ll be able to shape your studies around your own interests and aspirations, with optional modules from a range of related MA programmes:

• Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Excellence: from Glass Ceilings to Sticky Floors

• Building Communities of Learning for Pupils and Practitioners
• Contemporary Education Policy Debates: National and International Perspectives

This gives you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding in an area of education leadership and management that interests you or is relevant to your chosen career.


A key aspect of the MA Education Leadership and Management is the undertaking of a piece of research. You will study the foundational skills and concepts in academic enquiry and planning for your specialist research. Your research will be in the form of a dissertation, as a means of critically enquiring into and developing knowledge about an issue or question relevant to your study.

The Roehampton School of Education is a progressive and inclusive community, putting you at the centre of your learning journey. Lecturers leading modules on this programme have specialist qualifications, teaching or leadership experience in the field of education, with relevant research and scholarly backgrounds, which will help shape the content of the programme.


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Career options

Take the lead in shaping a sustainable future for the education sector.

With a Roehampton MA, you will be prepared for careers in professional practice and leadership, including:

• Leadership and management in schools, colleges, universities and early years settings

• Working in government organizations and educational charities

• Consultancy

• Training industries

• Further academic study at PhD level.

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Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£8,243 £17,325

Specific Entry Requirements

1. A degree in the field of education, a teaching qualification such as a PGCE or a degree in a closely related cognate field.
2. Demonstrated formal or informal leadership experience in an organisational context that the applicant expressly explores in their personal statement.

Please note there is limited opportunity for credit transfer onto this course. PGCE credits are generally not accepted for transfer. Requests for credit transfer will be considered by the course convenor.

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Our Research

The School of Education is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research, and is one of the principal teacher training providers in the UK. Please read about the research carried out by academics withing Roehampton's School of Education by visiting the departmental research pages.