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Education Management MA

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Our Education Management MA is intended for education professionals who aspire to positions of management and leadership in education. Focused on the challenges faced by educational institutions around the world today, the programme is designed to develop the expertise and decision-making capabilities required of those tasked with leading modern educational organisations. The programme has relevance across a range of education sectors and provider types, including state, independent and NGO providers. Participants engage critically with current debates and the latest research to develop their professional understanding of complex real-world problems in the field of education management. You will benefit from this course no matter the level at which you teach, lecture or organise educational provision. 


Key benefits

  • Gain your MA from one of the UK’s top ranking schools of education in one of the world’s most renowned universities.

  • Learn first hand from leading experts with international reputations in the field.

  • Develop the expertise required of professionals who lead today’s educational institutions.

  • Be part of a community of education specialists joining the programme from countries around the world.

  • Situated in the heart of London, within sight of the Houses of Parliament and the culturally vibrant South Bank.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180-190/ECTS 90-95

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Dr Gerard Lum

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society

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Course detail

Description

The course takes a keenly critical perspective towards the management of educational institutions understood in terms of their cultural, political and social contexts.  Engaging with fundamental issues, from the very aims of education to the management of human resources, the course is designed to equip participants with the understanding and decision-making capabilities required to deal with the demands placed on educational institutions today.  Module options provide the opportunity to engage with a range of related themes: from educational leadership to teacher development, from best practice in the techniques of business management to the latest research into school effectiveness and improvement.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

For each 30-credit module you will have 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 280 hours of independent study. There are 10.5 hours of academic study skills workshops and for your dissertation you will receive nine hours of one-to-one supervision and 24 hours of research methods lectures. You will also undertake 567 hours of independent study for the dissertation module. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

Assessment

The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000-word assignment, but assessment methods do vary and will depend on the optional modules selected. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.  You are permitted to take up to 40 of the 90 optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary. 

Location 

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. We enjoy an unrivalled location in the heart of London, which allows you access to the wealth of cultural resources and institutions on the South Bank and throughout the capital. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

If you are a part-time student you will normally complete two taught modules in the first year (one in the autumn and one in the spring), and the remaining modules and the dissertation in the second year.

Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees.
If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. 

If you are a part-time student, you will normally complete two taught modules in the first year (one in the autumn and one in the spring) and the remaining modules and the dissertation in the second year. 

You are required to take the following modules: 

Optional Modules

In addition you will take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Please note: students who are transferring in Master’s level credits (e.g. from the PGCE) will only need to take the number of credits required to bring their total for the course to 180, including transferred credits.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Education Mgmt Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Lower undergraduate grades may be considered in certain circumstances, for example if the applicant has a PGCE with master's level credits. It is recommended that applicants have some relevant professional experience, either in teaching or in other educational practice such as policy. However, applications from candidates who do not have any experience but who do have relevant academic qualifications will be considered.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Education Mgmt checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please give your reasons for choice of programme, choosing King's College and for wishing to study at MA level together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £9,240 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,780 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £4,620 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,390 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: you may transfer across PGCE Master’s level credits if taken within 10 years of your completion date of this MA course. If you do, you will only need to take the number of credits required to bring your total for the course to 180, including transferred credits. Fees will be proportionally reduced by the number of credits accepted for transfer e.g a student transferring 60 credits into the 180 credit MA will pay 2/3 fees.
If you work for a School accepting teacher training students from King’s College London you may be entitled to a fee reduction.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The MA in Education Management will allow you to develop the analytical and problem-solving capabilities that are essential for anyone aspiring to occupy management or leadership roles in education today. Graduates of this course have gone on to posts around the world and across a range of education sectors, from primary/secondary schools through to Further and Higher Education.

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Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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