|Duration||1 year full time|
|Campus||St Luke's Campus|
|Discipline||Education and Teacher Training|
- Explore and develop your understanding of education leadership and management theory, practice and research in relation to a range of local, national and international contexts
- Particular focus on the leadership of learning and the assorted technologies and techniques that seek to change and enhance learning outcomes and processes
- Our Education Studies module will provide you with a thorough grounding in education research, theory and practice
- Join a friendly, supportive community and learn from academics who are experts in their field and passionate about sharing the latest research
- Suitable for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions
100% of our Education research has internationally excellent impact*
Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021*
Top 150 in the world for Education
The Times Higher World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK
Elective modules covering a variety of areas such as creative arts and special educational needs
Through taking this programme, I genuinely understand what educational leadership is and how to improve leadership effectiveness.
The facilities on campus are fabulous and each student has a personal tutor who can help us with almost everything which I appreciated! My dissertation supervisor gave me a lot of support, encouragement and advice which really helped me throughout the process.
MA Education Leadership and Management
For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you EITHER hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) combined with extensive post-graduation professional experience in an educational setting OR hold a 2:1 in a directly relevant subject area such as education, management sciences or one or more of the social sciences. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent with more than three years relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.
Applicants are expected to have either previous experience of leadership and/or management roles within educational and related institutions and agencies or to have studied management, and/or leadership in previous undergraduate or postgraduate study.
We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in education and any relevant work experience.
Some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
This MA offers the opportunity to study the fascinating and constantly evolving field of education leadership and management. You will examine education leadership and management theory in relation to a range of local, national and international contexts and explore some of the major global trends in the field.
You will critically examine policy developments and undertake a study in this area within a setting with which you are familiar. The dissertation introduces you to educational research and supports you in designing and completing a small-scale research project on an educational topic of your choice.
Optional modules enable you to tailor your degree according to your academic or professional interests. You ‘ll choose from a range of topics such as technology or creativity in education and reflecting on educational practices or debating the big questions in education.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UK fees per year:
International fees per year:
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.
For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.
Teaching and research
Teaching and learning
Learning methods vary across our wide range of modules and may include:
- Personal tutorials
- Research supervision
Our Education Studies module provides a grounding in education research, theory and practice. Every other week students participate in activity sessions such as:
- A discussion and practical activity with a range of psychology practitioners
- Designing your own materials which might help to address racial inequalities in school
- Working with an expert in young people's relationships education
- Short series of pedagogy-focused sessions for students who want to work with young people in educational settings in the future
Facilities and support
You'll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via face-to-face and/or email or online tutorials. You'll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials through our online learning environment.
Campus-based modules are taught at the School of Education at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and one of the UK's largest Education libraries.
You will join a vibrant postgraduate community at the School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.
You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners, and organise seminar series, visiting speakers, conferences and other events.
The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions.
Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.
The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below.
Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations listed below are independent and do not correspond.
- Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama)
- Special Needs Teacher
- Head of Department
- Arts Manager
- Educational Therapist
- Education Officer
- Dyslexia Assessor
- Education Consultant
- Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Devon Education Authority
- Jersey States Education Department
- Plymouth City Council
- FEA Training and Development Centre
- Camden LEA
- Exeter College
- Hong Kong SAR Government
- Danish National School of Contemporary Dance
- Ministry of Education, Cyprus
- Saltash Community School
- University of Reading
Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.