A master's degree that will engage you in analytical enquiry into the theory of leadership within education, helping you improve your own practice and your that of your organisation.
1 year (full-time)
2-4 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
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.
An accessible programme, designed to suit busy professionals with evening teaching to help you fit your master's around work commitments.
You can specialise in particular areas of interest to reflect your current professional role and future career aspirations.
The 2023 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton second in London for research quality in Education.
Course and Module Details
Froebel College and Roehampton's School of Education are rooted in Froebelian principles that include a commitment to addressing people's wellbeing personally, in education, and in their communities. It is an aim of this master's programme 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.
The University’s commitment to critical thinking, equality, diversity, inclusion, responsible citizenship and leadership are all reflected in this programme. It provides opportunities to engage with up-to-date research over a broad range of issues and current thinking relating to education leadership and management. The focus is local, national and global with all modules drawing upon students’ diversity, diverse experiences and research literature to develop a research-informed understanding of leadership and management in different social and educational contexts.
You will study leadership and management in educational contexts from international perspectives to develop your knowledge, understanding and practice. Specifically, modules will cover aspects such as leading teaching and learning, developing staff and teams, organisational theory and strategy. These modules will take 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 programme enables you to specialise in particular areas of interest by giving a choice in your assignment and dissertation topics so your study has an immediate relevance and also prepares you for your future development as a practitioner and as a researcher.
If you are currently in a senior management position, then a special route may be possible for you depending upon your experience and courses completed with organisations such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
A key aspect of the Education Leadership and Management MA 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.
This programme has an international profile and brings together students at postgraduate level from around the world.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Modules are normally taught at early evening sessions. Full time students usually attend on three and four days a week. Part time students in full time employment usually take three years to complete the full MA and they normally attend one evening in the autumn semester and two in the spring/summer semester.
Tuition fees and funding
January 2023 entry tuition fees
See links in table below for more information.
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2022/23 academic year funding
September 2023 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
Careers in leadership and management in schools, colleges, universities and early years settings; working in government organizations and educational charities; consultancy; training industries and further academic study at PhD level. Research areas include education policy, enhancement and quality, inspection and review systems.
How to apply
You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
Doing all we can to support our students' lives at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.