Educational Leadership MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Educational Leadership
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
  • Duration: Two years part-time for MSc

The MSc in Educational Leadership significantly contributes to the Government’s agenda to provide Wales with inspirational school leaders who are well prepared and supported to lead their schools as learning organisations and is taught in partnership by the School of Education, Bangor University and Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). This programme has been approved by the National Education Leadership Academy (Wales).

This transformational programme provides Headteachers with a structured programme to advance their professional practice in school. It enables practitioners to enhance their leadership role and advance their career by completing a piece of professional enquiry / research alongside a taught programme focused on examining key areas of leadership and management within the education sector in Wales. In this context, the taught component provides a core set of skills, knowledge and understanding required to instigate, lead and manage change for self, individuals, groups and communities. The modules encourage the students to build in-depth knowledge and understanding of national and international perspectives on leadership and management through inter-professional learning.

This MSc Educational Leadership degree is designed to ensure the Headteachers realise the educational ambitions for Wales, as outlined in the Professional Standards for Leadership in Wales1

On completion of this programme students will be able to:

  • Complete an in-depth self-review, based on current educational research thinking, against the Leadership standards.
  • Develop a shared and inclusive vision and strategic plan for the school.
  • Develop the school as an effective learning organisation as exemplified in the literature.
  • Using research, measure, evaluate and critically reflect on the impact of actions taken to initiate school improvement during the initial years of headship.
  • Undertake close to practice research related to school improvement.

 Please see the Welsh Government's 'Professional standards for teaching and leadership' publication. 

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Graduates from the MSc Educational Leadership programme will be able to identify important areas for investigation based on school self-evaluation data and determine the actions required to lead and sustain school improvement.

The programme will develop students knowledge and understanding of key leadership issues in the current school and political context in Wales and provide a comprehensive understanding of relevant research and scholarly approaches applicable to practice and school improvement. In particular students will develop an informed knowledge of how the results of this application may improve pupils’ outcomes and develop research policy and practice. 

Alongside a detailed knowledge of the principles and practice of leadership within the current educational agenda at local, national and global levels students will enhance their critical understanding of the links between leadership theory, pedagogy and practice and develop a robust knowledge of close to practice research approaches and related methods.

Course Structure

Graduates from the MSc Educational Leadership programme will be able to identify important areas for investigation based on school self-evaluation data and determine the actions required to lead and sustain school improvement.

The programme will develop student’s knowledge and understanding of key leadership issues in the current school and political context in Wales and provide a comprehensive understanding of relevant research and scholarly approaches applicable to practice and school improvement. In particular students will develop an informed knowledge of how the results of this application may improve pupils’ outcomes and develop research policy and practice.

Alongside a detailed knowledge of the principles and practice of leadership within the current educational agenda at local, national and global levels students will enhance their critical understanding of the links between leadership theory, pedagogy and practice. Students will also develop a robust knowledge of close to practice research approaches and related methods.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be taught using a number of methods including Lectures, Tutorials (including with a leadership coach) Group work, work placements and distance learning. Assessment is via assignments, portfolios and an independent project.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Educational Leadership Modules page.

Entry Requirements

The MSc in Educational Leadership is only available for individuals who are registered on the New / Acting Headteacher Programme.

Apply

Please contact your educational consortia in the first instance to discuss your application for this programme.

The four consortia in Wales are:

  • Central South Consortium Joint Education Service which works with Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Vale of Glamorgan councils
  • GwE (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Wrexham and Anglesey councils)
  • South East Wales Education Achievement Service (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen councils)
  • ERW (Carmarthenshire, Neath and Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea councils)

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to email Jeremy Griffiths at CaBan. We look forward to hearing from you.

Careers and Employability

The programme will support Headteachers during their initial headship and contribute to increased retention in the profession.

It is anticipated that completion of this programme will lead to some students pursing an educational doctorate/professional doctorate.

Research / Links with Industry

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this MSc have extensive research links with schools, external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.

Further information

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