Educational Leadership MSc, by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 7,207

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
The MSc in Educational Leadership offers a fascinating insight into an arena that has changed remarkably over recent years. Leading and promoting optimal learning is the key challenge that confronts educational leaders, advisers, policy makers and governments. Finding the connections between leadership and learning is not easy and involves change and reform in organisations. These three key themes - leadership, learning and change - are the basis of this course.
  • This postgraduate degree will enable you to reflect upon practice in your organisation, identify areas of professional concern and become equipped to find solutions and lead change. The course is designed to be relevant to a wide range of practitioners in diverse settings internationally who consider themselves involved in education.
  • We recognise the importance of connecting theory with practice. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform practice in your work setting. Your personal development will equip you to lead change in your organisation.
  • Former students have also found gaining this respected MSc useful in gaining promotions and developing career pathways.


  • You can apply for exemption from up to two modules on the basis of prior learning (completed within the last five years only). Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis and there may be a small administration charge. Please contact us for details and an application form.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • Fees and funding
  • Careers and employability
  • Related courses

Entry requirements

  • A 2:2 degree or equivalent 
  • Plus UK Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent)
  • Plus three years' teaching experience (or three years with equivalent professional status in an educational organisation)
  • You must be currently employed in, or have access, to an educational organisation or provider. This could include working in a school, college, the military or in Government, or training roles in other sectors.
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning

You may be able to apply for exemption from these modules:

  • Educational Leadership, Learning and Change (ELLC)
  • External Influences on Educational Leadership (EIEL)
  • Accreditation for Prior Certified Learning (APCL)
  • If you have Masters-level (level 7) credits completed during the last five years you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MSc. You can apply for APCL if your certificates allow exemption from the modules above.
  • Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
  • If you have significant relevant professional experience you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MSc. You can apply for APEL if you can demonstrate (by undertaking some written tasks) that your professional experience allows exemption from the modules above.
  • Exemptions are considered on a case by case basis.
  • Find out more about APCL and APEL.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Year 1


  • Educational Leadership, Learning and Change
  • External Influences on Educational Leadership
  • Research Methods part 1

Year 2


  • Organisational Effectiveness, Improvement and Transformation
  • Research Methods part 2
  • Plus your Dissertation
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live. 
  • Starting in October 2021 or April 2022 
  • MSc: £10,445 
  • Please see our list of available course discounts. 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

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