MA Leadership in Education (PgDip, PgCert)

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (part-time, per year): £38.35

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0151 231 5090

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About this course

LJMU's Leadership in Education MA enables current and future educational leaders to make a significant contribution to organisational effectiveness at all levels.

  • Study alongside professionals from a range of educational sectors.
  • Benefit from a dynamic environment where you learn from each other and share professional experiences
  • Enjoy a flexible learning approach and fit your studies around your work commitments
  • Benefit from strong links with schools, colleges, local authorities and other universities
  • Apply your learning in a professional setting and improve organisational performance

This Masters programme provides a valuable opportunity for you to develop an awareness of leadership for enhancing educational practice. The programme attracts professionals from a range of educational backgrounds.

This mix of learners creates a dynamic environment for all, where you learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences. The course also offers a flexible learning approach and this enables you to fit your study around your work commitments.


The programme has strong links with schools, colleges, local authorities and other universities. This ensures that our curriculum and approach to professional development is relevant to the current needs of educators. On successful completion, you will have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in education, as well as the skills to apply your learning in a professional setting to improve organisational performance.​​

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

This programme offers excellent networking opportunities. You will be encouraged to join the relevant professional association for your subject, providing valuable links with Teachers, recent alumni, local professional communities and others interested in education.

​Graduates take up leadership posts or other posts of responsibility in a chosen subject area.

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​​Depending on your professional experience, you may be eligible for professional accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management.​

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

On this programme:

  • in year one you will study three core modules worth 20 credits each and two optional modules worth 20 credits each
  • in year two you will study one core module worth 20 credits
  • in year three you will study one core module worth 60 credits

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Core Modules

Learning at Masters Level
20 credits

This module provides a grounding in theory, research and practice for educational professionals with an interest in developing their ability to perform well at Masters level and apply theoretical understanding to practice.

SEND Policy into Practice
20 credits

This module enables education practitioners to develop professionally through an enhanced understanding of the legislative and policy context of SEND. It provides a grounding in theory, research and practice for professionals in education to develop their ability to identify and meet learner needs, their understanding of current policy and legislative context and their ability to improve outcomes for all learners.

Inclusive and Effective Teaching Approaches for Learners with SEN and Disability
20 credits

This module develops your theoretical and evidence-based understanding of effective approaches to teaching learners with special educational needs and disability. It provides a grounding in theory, research and practice for those with an interest in developing their understanding of how children learn.

Contemporary Issues in Education
20 credits

This module enables education professionals to expand their knowledge and understanding through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice in relation to an identified current educational issue. It develops your critical professional practice through analysis of, reflection on and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in your professional setting.

Developing Critical Professional Practice
20 credits

This module enables you to expand your knowledge and understanding of professional practice through learning, based on engagement with current education theory, research, policy and practice. It develops your critical professional practice through analysis of, reflection on, and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in your professional setting.

Research Design
20 credits

This module provides opportunities to: 

  • further extend your knowledge and understanding of practitioner research approaches in education
  • develop an empirical evidence base for the analysis of theory and practice and the application of research methodologies appropriate to the nature of the identified area 
  • design, plan and construct a research proposal

Research Project
60 credits

This module provides an opportunity to carry out a piece of in-depth research of relevance to the educational context, largely independently but with regular individual support from an assigned supervisor. It  aims to:

  • provide opportunities to expand your knowledge and understanding of research methods in educational contexts
  • enable you to develop, implement and complete an in-depth research-based investigation of a defined area that has relevance to the professional education context
  • support you in the delivery of your research project 


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You will be taught in the evening on weekdays.

Teaching methods

This new programme is designed to make Masters-level study relevant to your current and future professional requirements. Our blended learning approach is tailored to meet your needs and modules are supported by online resources and individual guidance and support. The programme comprises workshops, seminars, online, face-to-face taught sessions and tutorials. ​As with all Masters level courses, there is a strong emphasis on supporting independent study. 

Applied learning

The majority of students have previously conducted their practitioner research in an educational and work context outside of University. This enables the application of new theoretical knowledge to be applied to practice through the medium of their research project.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

​Assessment methods on this course include: individual and group work tasks, presentations, essays, reports, critical reflection on professional practice accounts, action research reports and dissertations and other appropriate activities. All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice. There is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Debbie Duncalf

Debbie Duncalf

Programme Leader

Having originally trained and worked in the secondary education sector, Debbie moved to LJMU to work with postgraduate students in both ITT and Masters studies. She currently teaches across a number of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and also leads on school-based research projects within the Northwest.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and working with students who want to learn. I get great satisfaction in making a difference and supporting students (at all levels) through the course to achieve their dream.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in IM Marsh Campus, the School of Education  benefits from independent study spaces with IT facilities, a cafeteria and shop, a fitness room and access to student welfare and support. In addition to these facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres and an on-site library.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • minimum 2:2 honours degree
  • relevant professional experience
  • current employment as an educational practitioner

Additional information

  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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