MEd in Educational Leadership

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Course outline

The Master’s in Educational Leadership is a deeply practical course, which aims to develop and improve the quality of leadership in schools.

There are two versions of the course: Secondary/Senior and Prep/Primary. The principles and methods of both courses are identical, and the examples and materials used are relevant to the setting.

Course content

You will attend three three-day residentials over the course of one academic year. Assessment is via oral contribution on the residential courses, as well as the submission of three written assignments, all of which are rooted in your own professional concerns. Our intention is that, at all times, the work should be directly relevant to your interests and professional challenges. The course draws from best existing practice in the independent and state sectors, yet the leadership models on the course are not confined to the world of education. Our approach is heavily influenced by the Harvard Business School’s famous case study model.

Full details in the Curriculum Handbook


Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be a head teacher, deputy head, head of subject or head of year or housemaster / housemistress, with at least 4 years teaching experience.

How to Apply

Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button in the silver box (above) or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email

The closing date for applications is 5 July 2019.

Terms and conditions for prospective students

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Teaching & Assessment

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

The degree programme is based both in Buckingham and in the candidates’ own schools. It is built around 4 units, each with its own supporting text:

  • Leadership theory
  • Managing the people
  • Teaching and learning
  • Effective use of resources

The course begins with a self-assessment process, at the end of which, candidates are visited in their own schools by a course tutor. The tutor discusses with them the results and implications of their self-assessment, and frames with them a provisional action plan for the next 12-18 months.

The taught course lasts for one academic year. Three 3-day residentials are held at Buckingham. At these, the issues tackled in the course units are discussed, Harvard-style case studies are examined, and national figures in education outline their own views on leadership issues. During the final 6 months of the course, candidates work alone on their dissertations, though online support is available for the whole 18 months.

Assessment methods

A 4,000-5,000 word essay on Leadership Theory must be submitted by the start of January, in the Spring term (20% of total marks).

A 6,000-7,000 word essay on the Teachers and Teaching must be submitted before the end of the Summer term (at the end of the taught part of the degree programme) (30% of total marks).

Candidates then have up to 2 terms to complete their Leadership in Action research project of up to 12,000 words (40% of total marks).

10% of marks are allocated for performance at the residentials.

See the Education Curriculum Handbook for further course details.


Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees 2017

Home Fees EU Fees (Europe) International Fees (Rest of World)
Registration fee £275 £275 £275
Tuition fee £4,900 £4,900 £4,900
Overseas Expenses Fee N/A £300 £300
Total £5,175 £5,475 £5,475

Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as food and accommodation when at Buckingham.

Postgraduate loan scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both.  Find out more >>

Fees may increase annually in line with inflation. For details, please see our Fees and Finance page.


Accommodation will be provided for all residentials at Whittlebury Hall or alternatively in nearby hotels, all of which will be arranged by the School of Education staff. The cost of this is included in the course fee.

If you have any questions please contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email


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