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Leadership & Management in Education

Programme Description
Research into effective schooling in the last decade has drawn particular attention to the key role of leadership and management in the process. Responding successfully and with confidence to the challenges of an ever-changing world requires leaders to be able to draw on a wide range of approaches and skills. The central endeavour of the MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education programme is to enhance the practice of participants in their current and potential roles as education leaders and managers.

The programme takes a three-pronged approach which integrates theory, practice and reflection on practice. Participants are encouraged to engage with, and reflect on, national and international literature and research in educational leadership and management in a critical and informed manner. Participants undertake small-scale studies informed by their reading in their own school environments in an effort to evaluate and address problem areas in the pursuit of best practice at a local level.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of numbers, while Stage 2 will be offered annually.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment. It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants.

Further enquiries

Education Department
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 9195552 / 071 9143580

Subjects taught

Programme Content and Structure:

Module Options Stage 1: All modules = 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9)
• Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting
• Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting
• Inclusion for Learning
• Leadership / Planning & Administration in Education (Core Module)
• Legal issues in the Educational Setting
• Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law
• Organisational & Management Processes (Core Module)

Modules Stage 2 - both modules are core modules
• Advanced Research Module
• Dissertation Module

Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module and the Dissertation Module and exit with an Master of Arts in Leadership and Management. Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules). Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017 (subject to numbers)

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