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100% online MA Education Leadership and Management

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
    • 180 credits
    • Complete in as little as 14 months
Equip yourself for success in educational leadership with the Keele difference – a 100% online MA from a university ranked in the top 10 in England for Education

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MA – 14 months full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Top 10 in England for Education*
  • Top 300 in the World for Education**
  • Britain's Best University, as ranked by students***
  • 80% of research 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'****
  • £7,440 total fees with option to pay per module
  • Keele alumni discount available
*Complete University Guide, 2021
**Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2023
***No. 1 in the UK, Student Crowd University Awards, 2022
****Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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An online Master’s designed to develop inspirational educational leaders for a wide range of professional contexts

The 100% online MA Education Leadership and Management from Keele University is an innovative master’s degree that has been designed to develop educational leaders for public, private and not-for-profit organisations by providing them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to lead educational developments in the modern world.

The programme equips educators for progression in and promotion to careers such as school headships, heads of divisions, subject leaders, peer-mentors, policy developers, curriculum advisors, as well as business development directors and project managers. Our education graduates have gone on to diverse careers in educational settings as well as in politics, the civil service, policy think tanks, business, national and international NGOs, local authority and creative industries, both in the UK and internationally.

Flexible online study, designed by education professionals - for education professionals

The online MA Education Leadership and Management is a bespoke master’s course that has been designed to be compatible with the considerable time pressures of busy professional practice combined with family commitments. What sets this master’s degree apart is the flexible course structure and delivery that enables you to access course content on demand and study at the times that are convenient to you, in the locations that work for you.

Your education studies are part-time, allowing you to continue working full-time and apply what you learn to your current role whilst continuing to earn and boosting your employability. With six starts a year, you can begin academic study within weeks.

What you will learn

The online MA International Education Leadership and Management draws on educational research and develops a critical understanding and theoretical perspectives on a broad range of matters related to educational leadership and management. It equips you to demonstrate to employers a level of critical and intellectual rigour that can place you at the forefront of key educational leadership and management careers across sectors and around the world. It encourages professional development and enables you to reflect critically on aspects of your own professional experience as a leader or manager and on the practice of others.

On this master’s programme, you will learn how to address the needs of executives and managers in today’s dynamic field of education by focusing on strategic leadership in the context of complexity and change, as well as organisational management with respect to working together in an organisation, business ethics and the identification, mitigation and management of organisational risk and sustainability.

A University with leading rankings in Education and student satisfaction

Keele University is proud to have been ranked in the top 10 universities in England for Education in the Complete University Guide 2021. The University’s education credentials at a global level are also demonstrated by being ranked in the top 250 in the world in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2021.

Key to attracting accolades of this kind in education has been the quality of teaching, research and student experience delivered by the Education Department at the University. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was rated ‘world leading’ or of ‘international importance’.

Entry requirements for home and international students

  • A minimum of 2:2 undergraduate degree or a UK Master’s degree (or international equivalent).


  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience.


  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in education. This can include a wide range of educational experiences, ranging from teaching practice, educational development, educational consultancy and advising, and a range of positions in educational organisations other than schools, universities and further education colleges, such as recruitment agencies, companies specialising in the analysis of educational institutions, government organisations, local councils, charities and NGOs/ INGOs. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • TOEFL overall minimum 79
  • PTE Academic overall minimum 50
  • Cambridge (CAE & CPE) overall 169 with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Duolingo with 95 overall including minimum 85 in each element
  • A degree qualification taught in English and completed within the last two years

Technical requirements

As these programmes are delivered 100% online, you will be required to have access to a desktop computer or laptop, with an up-to-date operating system and the ability to use an up-to-date web browser such Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Webcam access would be beneficial to online learning, as some modules require submission of videos for assessment and feedback. Usage of Microsoft Office 365 is also required (access is included at no extra cost to Keele Students). Additionally, students will be required to access their learning resources using Canvas via a web browser. 

Canvas LMS Browser and Computer Requirements 

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 3 September 2024
Documents deadline: 27 August 2024
Application deadline: 20 August 2024


Total programme fees: £7,440
Per 15-credit module fee: £620

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

Keele alumni discount: if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Keele, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction, reducing total fees payable to £6,696.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £620.


Top 10 in England for Education (Complete University Guide 2021)
Top 300 in the world for Education (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023)
Top 10 for Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2020)
Award - Britain's best university, as ranked by students (StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022)

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