In the current climate of structural and political pressure on improving educational performance and opportunities, there is an increased focus upon the quality of leadership within educational institutions. This MSc recognises that a high-quality educational system depends on leaders from all walks of life and all types of positions, regardless of title. It is intended, therefore, to provide leadership development for people who work in all manner of roles in the educational system: classroom teachers, formal school leaders, local authority personnel, policymakers, and any individual with a direct interest in the primary and post-primary school sectors.
The programme aspires to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and creative capacity to respond to a variety of leadership challenges faced in contemporary educational institutions. It challenges traditional notions of 'leaders' and 'leadership' pointing to new, more collaborative and more organic models of leading. It is expected that graduates will be able to inform their professional practice with the latest research evidence in the field to nurture meaningful relationships in educational communities, address issues of equity and diversity, support teaching and learning, and ultimately ensure quality outcomes which are tailored to contextual needs. We seek to develop in students the ability to critique current leadership practices and to enact changes that will improve education for all.
Active student involvement in sessions (student-led sessions)
Assignments tailored to topics of interest to each individual student
International outlook on leadership issues
Blended learning format
Online discussions and debates
Small group work and presentations
International mix of students enabling exchanges of knowledge, experience, and perspectives
Students who have completed the Professional Qualification for Headship (PQH) degree within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer (up to 30 M-level credits towards the taught modules). The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.
The programme is tailored to working professionals. It is partly delivered online, while face-to-face teaching sessions take place in the evenings to facilitate attendance. Part-time students can remain in their workplace during their studies and directly apply new knowledge in their settings.