University of Portsmouth

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Educational Leadership and Management

If you're currently working in an educational role and want to develop your leadership and management skills – and get a qualification that'll help you fulfil your career ambitions – this course is for you.

On our Educational Leadership and Management course, offered as a MSc, PgDip, PgCert, you'll learn about leadership strategy, decision-making in education, and human resource management. And whether you're a teacher, social and healthcare worker, police trainer, nurse or youth worker, you'll build on your previous skills, studies and experience and develop your expertise, theories and techniques to postgraduate level.

Once you graduate, you'll have developed the skills and knowledge to take on new responsibilities in educational leadership and management, and to seek out ambitious new roles.

You can study on campus or through distance learning, and full or part-time while you continue to work. If you're not already working in education, please take a look at our MA Education Studies course.

You can study this course full-time, part-time or part-time by distance learning. The MSc and PgDip takes 1 year full-time and 2 years part-time. The PgCert takes 6 months full-time and 1 year part-time. 

Entry Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Other applicants may be admitted and will undertake a programme of preparatory reading and submit a written paper in order to confirm ability to study at postgraduate level.

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Career Prospects

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

What can you do with an Educational Leadership and Management Distance Learning course?

The course is ideal for teachers, educational trainers, lecturers and instructors across the educational sector, who aspire to senior leadership and management positions. Many graduates move on to senior management positions in educational organisations.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your leadership and management skills to work in the education industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course Details

An MSc is a Master of Science postgraduate qualification. A Master’s degree will give you an extensive insight into a field you're passionate about, and provide you with the skills required to put your knowledge to work. A Master's can also lead to further study, such as PhD. 

An MSc is worth 180 credits and will involve producing in-depth research in the form of a dissertation. 

PgDip and PgCert courses are shorter than a Master's degree, but are taught at the same level.

These shorter courses are ideal if you want to take your undergraduate studies further, but don't want to commit to something as intensive as a Master's degree. As these courses are shorter than Master’s degrees, they’re easier to fit around your current job.

A PgDip is worth 120 credits, and the shorter version, a PgCert, is worth 60. While they can be studied on their own, a PgCert can lead to a PgDip, which can lead to a full Master’s course. This means you can study to the level you want, with the option to continue your studies to the next stage.

If you choose to study MSc Educational Leadership and Management full time, you'll study all core modules and 1 optional module over 1 year.


  • Human Resource Management in Education – 30 credits
  • Leadership, Policy and Strategy: The Management of Educational Change – 30 credits
  • Research Methods in Education – 30 credits
  • Dissertation – 60 credits


  • Decision Making in Education – 30 credits
  • Education in a Global Context – 30 credit

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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