Introduction

The programme is designed to provide opportunities for aspiring and existing leaders to explore and expand understanding of leadership as it relates to a number of organisational settings.

This programme is studied fully online.

For aspiring and existing leaders in various professional settings, the programme will provide a framework for leadership development which takes account of the circumstances generated by changes in social and economic conditions and by policy affairs and external forces. Participants will:

  • extend their knowledge and understanding of leadership and management theory
  • link theory to practice in their role or aspirant role
  • engage in critical reflection on their own practice by analysing critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and sometimes ambiguous situations
  • enhance their skills to lead improvement in professional settings (including education, social services, nursing, other caring agencies and the police)
  • frame enquiries into practice to make an informed contribution to current professional debates
  • work towards, and demonstrate competence against, a range of professional Standards

By providing a flexible programme of modules, the programme will:

  • show how research generates different perspectives on professional knowledge
  • enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of a range of theoretical approaches and how these can be applied to improve professional practice
  • facilitate the generation, leading and evaluation of change solutions in a variety of practice settings.
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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

MSc 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Degree Content

Degree Content

Compulsory Courses

Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ) - 60 Credit Points

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

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Optional Courses

Leading and Managing from the Middle (ED504F) - 30 Credit Points

This module focuses on the middle levels of leadership. Formal and informal roles will be explored from a practical and research perspective. The role of the Head Teacher’s in facilitating and building teachers’ capacity to lead will be reviewed. Participants can focus on the concept of leadership, related to the different models of leadership that prevail in schools today with some accent on the impact and delivery of Distributed Leadership. The values and principles of leadership will be reviewed within the context of the participant's own professional context, and by open exchange of ideas with others in the group.

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Action Research Project (ED502L)
Mentoring in Professional Contexts (ED502Y)
Leading Effective School Improvement (ED504B)
Leading Professional Development (ED50LG) - 30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to enable participants to shape and lead innovative and effective professional development in their own workplace. The course takes place through online discussions and presentations. Participants investigate a topic of their own choice through action research. We will explore and examine key discourses and models of professional learning and development. Participants will work in small groups and be supported by the course leader in a group and one to one basis. Many of the principles and practices of leading professional development are transferable to other organizations.

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Leading Learning and Teaching (ED50LH)
Leading Change (ED55LJ) - 30 Credit Points

Participants will review and critically appraise current conceptual understandings of change, gain an understanding of change management, and evaluate change processes in their own school/organisational setting. Implementing and managing change has become an on-going leadership task; coping with the complexity, ambiguity and stress which change can generate is seen as a key leadership skill. It is widely accepted that leaders and managers will succeed more often if they have the necessary knowledge of how to view, cope with, initiate and sustain change. This course is designed to increase the understanding of participants who are involved in leading to enhance performance.

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Strategic Planning, Management and Leadership in Professional Organizations (ED50LR)
Financial Planning, Management and Leadership in Professional Organizations (ED50LS)
School Leadership and the Law (ED55LA)
Developing as A Strategic Leader (ED504D) - 20 Credit Points

This is the first module in the Into Headship PG certificate Programme. The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand their role as head teachers in applying the principles and practices of strategic leadership to frame and conceptualise educational problems and issues. The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas. It is based upon the model of professional learning which comprises four interdependent components: critical reflection, knowledge building, experiential learning and social learning processes.

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Leading Strategic Change (ED554E) - 40 Credit Points

This is the second module in the recently developed, SCEL initiated Into Headship PG certificate programme. The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to manage a collaborative change process with members of the wider school community. The module will also map sets of strategies to address the educational issue identified in Module 1 of the PG Certificate.

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PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Why Study Leadership in Professional Contexts?

Students will gain knowledge and understanding to enable them to lead improvement in professional settings such as:

  • education and children's services
  • social services
  • fire and rescue services
  • nursing and health care
  • caring agencies
  • the police and security services
  • other public or third sector settings

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be graduates or able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

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English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MSc 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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University of Aberdeen
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