University of Nottingham Malaysia

Educational Leadership and Management MA


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Qualification: MA
Fees: Malaysian – RM48,600 per course, Non-Malaysian – RM58,700 per course
Mode: 1-2 years full-time, 2-4 years part-time
Intake: February and September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The Masters in Educational Leadership and Management is a core programme of study for leaders and managers in education. It is designed to meet the interests of leaders at all levels who are keen to improve their leadership and management understanding and practices.

The course aims to strengthen your leadership and management skills, and to enable you to apply theory and ideas within your workplace and utilise existing and emerging research-informed knowledge of educational leadership internationally. It will enable you to develop, broaden and deepen your critical understanding of your organisation and the environment in which you operate, manage change and promote the development of yourself, your colleagues and your organisation.

The programme is vitally relevant for middle and senior managers and leaders in schools and post-compulsory educational organisations in Malaysia, the UK and overseas, as well as those who advise these managers and leaders – for example local authority staff, educational consultants, and policy advisors.

Throughout the course, you will develop your skills in critical reflection, critical reading and critical writing; practice-relevant research skills; research design; literature searches; and ethics in educational research. You will carry out independent study in an area relevant to your needs and/or those of your organisation.

Course structure

For MA in Educational Leadership and Management, you will need to complete all modules to the value of 120 credits and complete a dissertation of 60 credits. 

Modules are taught within a block over four days over two consecutive weekends and each module will usually be assessed by a written assignments of 5,000 to 6,000 words. At the end of each face-to-face teaching period, students are provided opportunities for tutorials, individual study in groups and/or using other means of communication such as e-mails, telephone and video conference.  

Important Announcement: Starting 2021, the programme structure for all School of Education postgraduate taught programmes (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA) has been changed to TWO online delivery and TWO face-to-face delivery.  


Each of the modules has a contact time of 30 hours. In addition, you will be expected to undertake 270 hours of private study, assignment preparation and tutorial support. The module assignments have been designed to incrementally increase your skills and criticality.

Each 30-credit module will usually be assessed by a written assignment of 5,000–6,000 words. Your dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000–15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to an approved topic on one of the selected modules.

Cohort applications

We welcome approaches from educational organisations who may wish to develop a bespoke cohort programme.

The programme is taught by experienced specialist staff with outstanding national and international reputations and teaching is informed by current research.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Relevant experience may be required for some of the programmes.

Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

Malaysians applying as a matured student without the standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience (and have successfully passed APEL’s assessment through Malaysian Qualifications Agency) may be considered for an entry at the Postgraduate Certificate Level. Admission is at the discretion of the School.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


Core modules 

Issues in Educational Leadership
This module is designed to meet your varying needs. Such needs may have been identified prior to joining the course, through the process of self and organisational analysis, or through ongoing reflection on individual and organisational need throughout the course.
Effective Leadership and Change in Education

This module will address the nature and practice of leadership in education. It will look at six themes:

  • Concepts of leadership.
  • Change.
  • Leadership qualities, behaviours and competencies.
  • Power and authority.
  • Organisational cultures and distributed leadership.
  • Professional development. 
Leading Learning 

The module will address the essential features of effective learning, as relevant to your sector by examining:

  • The process of learning.
  • Supporting learning (for example, through adults, peers and technology) both within and beyond the educational organisation.
  • An overview of approaches to improvement and raising achievement in educational organisations.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of learning: the use of data, target-setting, monitoring. 
Practice-Based Inquiry
The content will involve you in active critical consideration of participating in and leadership of practitioner inquiry in relation to professional context mapping and workplace learning.

These processes will be achieved through:

  • Conceptualising different kinds of practitioner inquiry relevant to work-based understanding and development (purposes, processes, contexts, dilemmas, outcomes).
  • Examining a range of approaches to educational inquiry, with an emphasis on action research.
  • Developing an inquiry into your professional context. 

Meet the tutor 

Programme coordinator: Dr Michael Hall

You can view the 2022/2023 course timetable and note this is subject to change. 


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students. 


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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
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