Upcoming intake: September 2023
Duration: 2 years
Study format: Part-time (blended learning)
Regular tuition fee: £13,000
Total tuition fee: £11,700 (only for September 2023 Intake)
Be the positive change your educational organisation needs
Education is constantly under pressure to conform to external requirements, especially with standardisation and teach to test sweeping the globe, steering policy and pressurising educational leaders.
This programme will build your intellectual and practical confidence in all interactions; with teachers, parents, students, managers, board members and policymakers, to engage at a higher level and influence change.
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Identical UK awarded
The same Master degree certificate as our full-time and part-time students in Manchester
The University of Manchester is ranked 27th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022) (for 3 consecutive years) and 6th in the UK (QS World University Rankings for Education and Training 2021).
Learn on the job
Take a critical and theoretical approach with practice-based learning that enables you create change in the workplace from day one.
Build a global network
Network with peers and experts during conferences held half-yearly at a location of alternate Hong Kong and Singapore.
Practise new skills
Learn from world-leading academics in educational policy and educational leadership including Prof Helen Gunter and Dr Alexander Gardner-McTaggart.
Studying a flexible course means you can learn while you continue to work and apply the skills and knowledge you learn immediately into the workplace.
Who this programme is for?
If you are looking to move into a leadership role within an education-related organisation, e.g., a Principal, Head, Board-member, NGO leader, Administrator, senior management and policy maker, this programme is for you.
Our programme aims to reinvigorate your practice, elevating your goals and approach, interviewing with confidence for leadership, holding your own and making a mark. It will give you the chance to be the change in your organisation. Your wide knowledge base and transferable skills in problem-solving, strategic thinking, teamwork, creativity and communication will fit what most employers are seeking.
How it will benefit your career?
Registration No. 253164. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.
1. Models of educational leadership
2. Engaging with research in educational leadership
In this unit, you'll learn about the empirical literature base and develop the skills to review this literature purpose and practice as well as determine trustworthiness. You'll engage in theory and understand the impacts and uses of this research. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your own practice and think about how your learning might influence your professional work.
3. Leading educational change
In this unit, you'll examine how notions of ‘change’ are located within ideological, political and epistemological contexts and structures and how the ‘school effectiveness and school improvement’ movement exemplifies this. You'll develop critical skills on how reform agendas require problematisation to evaluate how they may disrupt or reproduce inequities. In other words, who benefits from the proposed changes? Who loses? What can be done about that as a leader? What place do values have in the proposed changes? Whose values are they?
4. Educational policy and leadership
This unit focusses on how international discourses variously enable or hinder certain policies and/or reform agendas. You'll examine the role of educational leadership in policy reform, welfarism and The Great Reform Movement (GERM). You'll demonstrate an understanding of education policy in and for understanding educational leadership and its relationship to wider changes at both national and international levels. You'll show an understanding of key ideas underpinning changes and developments in education policy and in education policy that concerns leaders.
5. Educational leadership as a social practice
After completing this unit you'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of the literature sources and issues related to collaborative practice and have an enhanced appreciation of the opportunities of, and barriers to, collaboration. You'll develop links between your learning and practice. You'll contribute to debates about research in educational leadership in a range of different contexts and from different perspectives, with a specific focus on collaboration and conduct a small-scale investigation in a systematic manner. You'll reflect on your own practice and think about how your learning might influence their professional work.
6. Accreditation of applied learning/optional course units
Digital technologies and educational leadership
Leadership of International Schools unit is arranged into four themes:
Theme 1: Historical overview and Examining internationalism and Global Citizenship The birth and expansion of international schools. How notions of ‘internationalism and Global Citizenship’ are located within ideological, political and epistemological contexts and structures. How international schools and related bodies extoll and promote this.
Theme 2: A critical perspective on implementing emancipatory education How private school organisation requires problematisation to evaluate how they may disrupt or reproduce inequities. In other words, who benefits from the proposed changes? Who loses? What can be done about that as a leader? What place do values have in the proposed changes? Whose values are they? How state sector professional preparation fails to equip leaders with the critical tools for high-stakes independent leadership.
Theme 3: Problematic influencers of change in international settings Overarching responsibility. Permanent transformation. Balkanisation. Cultural considerations. How these impact teacher professionalism, motivation and retention.
Theme 4: Productive motivators for leading internationally Human rights and educational focus. Breaking down hierarchies – working to develop educational values. Global Citizenship Education as leadership discourse.
7. Independent Supervised Study/Project
The above information is correct at time of publication (April 2020) but subject to change
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Council of International Schools
Vice Principal at Glenealy School (HK)
English Schools Foundation (ESF)
"This course not only provided me with a theoretical framework, but it also examined educational leadership issues in diverse international contexts. At a time of great change in the industry, I need to take a more critical approach to educational issues and social policy. My role is quite practical, but I missed the theoretical side of it. The broad scope of the course allowed me to learn about things outside of my sphere, opening my eyes to wider issues and finding fresh approaches to pursue. I could broaden my horizons and influence my organisation’s decisions by creating impactful change." Read more >>
National Orthodox School
"I’m currently the IBDP coordinator at my school. We’ve recently implemented the IB programme and so in order to better lead people that are new to this type of curriculum and new to this programme entirely, I thought this course could really give me the support that I need."
Class Teacher, Senior Leader, Maths and Phase Lead
"I chose Manchester because I came here for my undergraduate degree and my PGCE, so I know of the university’s reputation and there wasn’t really anywhere else offering the course, as it is here, and this was the best fit for me really, I’m excited. I’m a mum of four, so I knew I needed something online but also I wanted that personal connections and accountability to someone rather than an online-only course. I felt like the blended option gave me that University feel, while still being able to complete the course online, bit of both."
Deputy Head Teacher
Phorms Campus Berlin Süd
"From looking online at the different courses, Manchester offered me the best opportunity to work alongside top researchers in their field who were able to give me insight into educational leadership, because obviously I’m looking to move into a position where I am leading or a leading figure in the education, particularly within the bilingual or international context."
English, Drama, PSHE and Re Teacher and Exams Officer
"One of the reasons I chose Manchester was because the course is focused on being kind of on the leadership not just education in general and being able to do it as blended learning course from a distance living in Suffolk is ideal being a full-time teacher."
Academic entry qualification:
A Bachelor's degree with satisfactory academic performance from a recognised institution. If you would like to check your eligibility, please email your CV to ELiP@manchester.edu.hk.
English language requirements:
• 2 references
• Digital copies of degree certificates and transcripts
• Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)*
• Statement of purpose (max. 500 words)
Tuition Fee and Discounts (September 2023 Intake)
Regular Tuition Fee: £13,000
Tuition fee with 10% Discount: £11,700
Alumni Loyalty Bursary: 15%
One-discount policy: If you qualify for more than one discount or scholarship, you will be awarded the one that is the highest amount.
For details, please check with our admissions team.
HK Government loan - Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)
Hong Kong Permanent Residents can apply for the Government's Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan which is at the current interest rate of 1.106% per annum and repayable in 15 years by 180 equal monthly instalments after you complete this programme.
*Name of Institution: University of Manchester / Course Code: B11060003
Tax deduction expenses of self-education in Hong Kong
Tuition fees of The University of Manchester - MA Educational Leadership in Practice is deductible under salaries tax. The link below will take you to further information about what you can claim for and when you should make a claim. More on deductions for expenses of self-education.