School Improvement and Educational Leadership MA/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate

The School Improvement and Educational Leadership programme is designed for you to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. The knowledge and experience you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform the future improvement and make a difference to the overall performance of your school. It will help provide you with the foundations to become a leader in school improvement using evidence-based analysis and by challenging current practices.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MA - 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time; PGDip - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; PGCert 1 year full-time/part-time

Start date: Contact the School directly

Details

The School Improvement and Educational Leadership programme is designed for those who are aiming to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. Leadership in schools takes many forms: through school and departmental leadership teams, but also through collaboration between teachers and schools on specific problems in teaching and learning. You will be part of a research-led community which uses and develops evidence-based practice to identify and share approaches which can be shown to make a difference in particular contexts.

There are three 'M' levels associated with the programme in School Improvement and Educational Leadership.

Masters - 180 credits which are achieved by passing all four core (compulsory) modules, two optional modules and a dissertation (which is worth 60 credits).
Postgraduate Diploma -  120 credits which are achieved by passing all four core (compulsory) modules and two optional modules.   
Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits which are achieved by passing at least two of the core modules and one further optional modules.

Chile Scholarships

This is an international programme which recruits students from around the world as well as from the UK. We welcome applicants from Chile who are applying through CONICYT’s scholarship programme in which the University of Birmingham is participating. Application of the ideas and evidence about School Improvement and Educational Leadership in a Chilean context will be addressed in the programme.

Specific information for students who wish to apply from Chile may be found on our International Pages.

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Why study this course

This programme is designed for people who are aiming to make a difference in schools through leadership that is focused on learning. Leadership in schools takes many forms: through school and department leadership teams, but also through collaboration between teachers and between schools on specific problems in teaching and learning. You will be part of a research-led community which uses and develops evidence-based practice to identify and share practice which can be shown to make a difference in particular contexts.

The programme ains to:

  • Promote critical engagement and fulfilling learning environments by developing teacher effectiveness and professional identity. 
  • Develop communities of scholarship through which educational partnerships work to improve schooling and schooling policy. 
  • Develop capacity for rigorous and critical analysis of evidence in improving schools.

Modules

Core Module Details

Understanding School Improvement 

Leadership for School Improvement 

Using evidence in school improvement 

Education Policy and Improving Schools

Optional Modules (subject to availability) 20 credits module option

Curriculum Design in Global Contexts

Education as an International Issue 

Citizenship, Human Rights and the Environment

Personal and Professional Skills in Educational Management 

Second Language Learning

The optional modules listed above for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Fees Home/EU 2015-2016

  • Code 9166 PGCert full time £2,070
  • Code 9170 PGCert part time £2,070
  • Code 9165 PGDip full time £4,140
  • Code 9164 PGDip part time £2,070
  • Code 9162 MA full time £6,210
  • Code 9163 MA part time £3,105

Fees for part-time programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year.

The fees shown above are the annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2015. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.

Fees Overseas 2015-2016 

  • Code 9166 PGCert full time £4,714
  • Code 9170 PGCert part time £4,714
  • Code 9165 PGDip full time £9,427
  • Code 9164 PGDip part time £4,714
  • Code 9162 MA full time £14,140
  • Code 9163 MA part time £4,714

Fees for part-time programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. 

The fees shown above are the annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2015. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page

For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries

Entry requirements

Please refer directly to the School of Education entry requirements webpage

International students

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

 

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

The programme is offered as part of the School of Education’s work with partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on relating theory and evidence to practice. The teaching includes workshops, seminars and tutorials. Classes use a variety of reflective, analytical and enquiry-based activities using journals, qualitative and quantitative evidence of practice in individual schools and school systems. Support is provided through webCT which includes research discussions and case studies which are used for preparation tasks as well in workshops. Assignment and dissertation topics reflect students’ individual interests and contexts.

Employability

This programme is designed to provide a firm basis in theory and evidence for new and aspiring leaders in education. This leadership may be exercised in schools, colleges or administrating authorities. Leadership may be in form of direct responsibility for organisational strategy and practice or it may come in form of leading professional development.