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MA Education (Leadership Management)

MA Education (Leadership Management)

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January, September
2 years part time
Part Time
Fees (Total)
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 30,000 Year 2 - 30,000 (Part Time)

Middlesex University Dubai offers you the opportunity to undertake a part-time, postgraduate degree directly related to your work in the educational field. The programme's individual design is aimed at helping you achieve change in an educational field of your choosing, whether you are a teacher, an administrator, or indeed anyone with a professional interest in education. Therefore it is relevant to all levels of the education spectrum: including primary, secondary and tertiary education. The courses cover a wide range of educational theory and practice, and introduce you to educational research methods.

The MA Education offers you the unique ability to choose your area of specialisation through opting for the MA Education (Leadership and Management), the MA Education (Teaching and Learning). The initial areas of study are the same in each case so you can choose your area of specialisation in your dissertation.

The MA Education research process prioritises problem-solving, with a strong emphasis on design as the medium of change. The application of theory is channelled through models relevant to education, leadership and management. Strategies relevant to action theory and discourse will greatly assist you in structuring your project/dissertation, which owes much of its success to collaborative sessions with tutors and other students. You will also have ample opportunity to relate your studies to your own professional practice as you complete the assignments in the programme.

Why Study MA Education (Leadership Management)?

  • Flexible and collaborative learning environment and choice of pathway
  • Opportunity to study in a rich, diverse and cultural stimulating setting
  • Academic staff who are actively engaged in research and current debates
  • Strong links with schools, research centres and other educational institutions
  • Opportunities for continued professional development through conference presentations and educational forums
  • Educational expertise brought into the classroom by the inclusion of eminent guest speakers

Mode of Study Options: It is expected that by September 2021 we will have In-person classes and these could be supported by an online element. It is too early to commit to a 100% Online at present as it will depend on the Health & Safety situation and KHDA permissions. We can say at present that if the Health & Safety situation warrants it there could be a 100% online along with in-person classes.

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  • Step into  a school leadership role
  • Complete innovative school based research
  • Lead new initiatives in your school
  • Introduce a coaching culture into your school
  • Progress as a leader in your school
  • Research inclusive practices in your school
  • The MA Education (Leadership and Management) and the MA Education (Teaching and Learning) have 3 compulsory modules of 60 credit points each.

    This module is a blended course which involves workshops, independent study and active involvement in on-line discussions.

    Year 1 Modules

    Developing Effective Teaching and Learning (60 credits) - Compulsory

    This module aims to look at the structure of learning within our education systems. It also aims to challenge thinking about how learning takes place in schools and colleges. It is designed for those who are interested in exploring ways of developing high quality teaching and learning where students are empowered to take responsibility for their learning.  These issues will be examined and critically assessed from a theoretical and practical perspective. Each participant will carry out a small-scale research project on one area of your own educational practice, the outcomes of which will be disseminated and have an impact on your whole institutional approach to learning.

    This module is a blended course which involves workshops, independent study and active involvement in on-line discussions.

    Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

    Year 2 Modules

    Developing Effective Leadership and Management in Education (Pathway Option) (60 credits) - Compulsory

    Developing Leadership and Management in Education is an exciting module which discusses and explores key aspects of educational leadership and management. These issues will be examined and critically assessed from a theoretical and practical perspective, drawing on aspects such as team working, organisational culture, managing change, emotional intelligence, policy implementation and evaluation.

    This module is a blended course which involves workshops, independent study and active involvement in on-line discussions.

    Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

    In this module you will choose a topic for your dissertation which is a substantial piece of research you will conduct with the aid of a supervisor. Your dissertation will be expected to display mastery of a complex and specialised areas of knowledge and the ability to bring research ideas, enquiry and analysis into synthesis in a written form. You will also be expected to demonstrate critical and analytical reference to your own field of criticism and enquiry. The choice of your dissertation topic will determine the title of your degree: either MA Education (Leadership and Management) or MA Education (Teaching and Learning)

    Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

    You will be actively involved in a range of learning and teaching approached as part of your programme.  Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur within and outside the classroom. 

    Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on Unihub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. Your tutors, the Academic Enrichment Service, the Library, the IT Office and the Student Office will provide any support you may need whilst learning online.

    By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly. Communication, understanding of IT, team working and credit shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

    Class timings and attendance

    Modules 1 and 2 are taught modules with classes each week over a 24-week academic year. These classes are held in the evenings (6.30-9.30pm). Generally there is 1 evening of lecture/seminar for each week for modules 1 and 2, with additional workshops and tutorials as required. Module 3 is mainly conducted through individual supervision, although there will be some scheduled research methods workshops.

    All modules are assessed by coursework, which is a portfolio for Modules 1 and 2 and the dissertation for Module 3.

    Academic and Work Experience Requirements

    Minimum second class honours degree (UK) or above, or overseas equivalent qualification is required. Currently employed or have work experience in an educational field is a must.

    English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

    All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

    English Language Test

    Entry Requirement

    IELTS Academic

    6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

    TOEFL Internet-based

    87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

    PearsonPTE Academic


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    Careers and Employability (what careers are most common for graduates after studying)

    The knowledge and skill set acquired with a Masters in Education make you marketable to other job markets including but not limited to non-profit organisations, social work, educational specialists education policy development, private school consultation, corporate training, and writing SEO content for business websites.Employers are looking for leaders with a Masters in Education who can communicate effectively, accommodate for diversity, modify with change, and motivate others to achieve greater gains. The types of jobs you can obtain with a Masters in Education are really limitless. Dubai itself has been growing in the field of Higher Education and this continued growth can offer unique opportunities for those with a MA Education.

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