MSc in Educational Leadership

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The MSc offered by Apsley Business School is designed for professionals hoping to integrate the latest scholarship and theory with the practical day-to-day aspects of their business. The programme of study is flexible, with a strict focus on the quality of your assessed work, rather than volume. As such, it is ideal for the motivated high achiever, who is balancing their work, study and family commitments. The programme can be completed in 12 months on average, depending on your personalised study plan


€10,200 / £9000


Whole programme: The whole MSc is accredited at 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits), which is equivalent to 240 credits at the postgraduate level in the British system. Most students will complete the whole programme in 12 to 24 months. The delivery is either classroom-based, blended or online.

Each unit: Each unit consists of Case Studies, videos, reading, and independent research. You will complete a written assignment for each unit which will be assessed. This is normally around 5000 words. Your Research Dissertation will be no more than 40,000 word

ABS’ MSc programmes are aimed at professionals who wish to increase their skill and knowledge portfolios, and to help them achieve their career goals. On graduation you will be expected to be in a position to influence and manage people, set out a strategic direction, and make appropriate use of a range of financial, marketing, human and technological resources.


Dr. Sebastian Fuller, the Academic Director, explains. The MSc in Education Leadership is designed to support the next generation of leaders in education, women and men in charge of complex organisations straddling the gap between public and private funding. To do this, you need to steer your organisation at a senior level, being able to put your values, vision and strategy at the heart of everything your organisation does. Typically you will be
ambitious and motivated leader, aspiring to develop your skills for progression to senior management. The programme will also help those aiming to venture into private education, or those looking to establish their own educational organisation or consultancy. Either way, the knowledge and skills consolidated by the MSc will enhance your professional standing, and your personal brand.


For the MSc there are two phases of study, a taught phase and a research phase.

Taught Phase

I Core units – You must take all of these (Each is worth 12.5 ECTS, or 25 credits in the UK)

Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills

Professional Development for Strategic Managers

II Optional units – each 25 CATS/ 12.5 ECTS (to make up total of 60 ECTS or 120 credits in the UK))

Developing Corporate Culture in Education

Leading E-Strategy  in Education

Creative and Innovative Management  in Education

Strategic Marketing Management  in Education

Strategic Change Management in Education

Strategic Human Resource Management in Education

Strategic Quality and Systems Management (Operations Management) in Education

Strategic Planning in Education

Managing Financial Principles and Techniques in Education

Developing Successful Business Teams in Education

Research Phase

Research Methods for Strategic Managers (worth 10 ECTS, or 20 credits in the UK)

You will be introduced how  to conduct research into Strategic management at the Postgraduate level 

Research Dissertation (30 ECTS or 60 credits in the UK)

A single research paper of no more than 40,000 words, supervised by a senior academic with practical experience in your field.

We recognize accredited prior learning pathways which may allow students to enrol by direct entry into the Research Phase of the MSc, where they simply have to take and pass the Research Methods module and write a dissertation


You will fit one of these profiles:
A. Bachelor degree + 3 years professional practice
B. A levels/ International baccalaureate (or vocational equivalent) + 5 years professional practice

We deliver the programme content in English, but in certain circumstance we can arrange for your research and dissertation supervision to be completed in additional languages- please ask for more information

Many of our applicants already have extensive CPD and vocational experience, and may be in a position to receive Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credit for these programmes, which makes them exempt from certain units. Please enquire about our APL policy.

Also, students who already have a postgraduate qualification in management or similar may be able to enter directly into the Research Phase of the Msc Programme.
Please enquire about our APL policy

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