Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA International Educational Management

Photos from the 2012 parliamentary visit facilitated by Hilary Benn, the MP for Leeds Central

This specialist programme is suitable for educators such as teachers, school leaders, lecturers, inspectors, administrators and officials who want to gain an insight into the issues affecting how educational institutions are run.

Please note that this course is currently being redeveloped for the 2016-17 academic year and is therefore subject to change.

You’ll study education management and leadership theory and practice from an international perspective. You could focus on leadership, financial and resource management, policy development or planning for change. Optional modules reflecting the research interests across the School of Education could place your studies in a broader context.

Participants from around the world come together to learn from each other as well as our tutors – all of whom are expert researchers in their fields. You’ll learn to critically apply educational theories to real challenges affecting schools, further and higher education worldwide.

You’ll have a wide range of opportunities to enhance your learning. In your first year of postgraduate study you’ll be able to join the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), complete with the access to leading journals and events that it entails. You’ll be encouraged to join the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration. In addition, you’ll have the chance to visit a local school and take part in an educational visit to London to discuss educational policy development with the local MP and civil servants.

Throughout the programme you’ll study modules covering different aspects of international educational management such as developing leadership, financial and material resources, staff and institutional improvement, policies or plans for change. You’ll also have the chance to swap one of your modules for another option from elsewhere in the School of Education, from digital learning to special educational needs.

From the beginning of the programme you’ll develop your research skills and apply them to your critical study. This gives you the chance to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice, which may be related to your own professional background. You’ll be expected to sit in on our Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches module to improve your understanding of educational research, unless your tutor believes you already have enough knowledge in this area.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take one compulsory module throughout the year – your critical study. Then you’ll take three of the international education management modules below. The fourth module should be selected from the relevant choices offered across the School of Education. The modules below are those available in 2015-16 and may change in 2016-17 as the programme is redeveloped.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Critical Study
- Effective Development of Policies & Plans for Change
- Developing Leadership
- Developing Material and Financial Resources
One optional module can be taken from those offered across the School of Education, including a directed study

Learning and teaching

Most of our taught modules use a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you’ll also be able to enhance your learning by attending the visits we organise to government departments and educational institutions. However, independent study is also an important part of this programme, allowing you to form your own ideas and develop high-level skills.


We use a range of assessment methods. International educational management modules are usually assessed through a single essay of around 6,000 words. However, optional modules in the School of Education may also use methods such as assignments, reflective logs and portfolio work, depending on the modules you choose.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelor degree with a 2.1 (hons), other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, plus 2 years experience in the field of education. Some management experience is also desirable.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

We generally advise you to apply before the end of July.

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

  • A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent and transcripts
  • Two references
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications is English is not your first language
  • A personal statement of 750-1,000 words explaining how you would be suited to the programme.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £6,000

International: £15,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Graduates have pursued a range of careers. Most involve either gaining promotion to more senior leadership and management positions in educational institutions when they return to their own countries, or pursuing doctoral research programmes (EdD and PhD) at Leeds and elsewhere.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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