Youth Work and Community Learning and Development

MBA Education Leadership and Management

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Our MBA in Education Leadership and Management has been designed for experienced teachers, departmental heads, lecturers, managers, leaders and senior professionals working in education in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and abroad. In an increasingly competitive environment, this course provides educational practitioners with an opportunity to develop your organisational, management and business skills as well as to enhance your professional practice.

This MBA is delivered through a partnership between the Business School and the Faculty of Education. Staff from the Business School combine excellence in their academic disciplines with considerable educational, managerial and business experience as well as active research in both the public and private sectors. Recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for teacher education and development, the Faculty of Education has also developed a reputation for being at the cutting edge of knowledge and training in education.

What is distinctive about this course?

You will be able to access:

  • the attention and focus on changes and challenges with the education sector
  • the teaching and skilled facilitation offered by a programme team with a long history of working with education practitioners and managers from a variety of contexts
  • the opportunity to work with leaders and managements in preparation for current challenges and future environments
  • the credibility and reputation of the interprofessional learning and teaching communities which provide opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange
  • placements in a local host school or college to enable overseas students to familiarise themselves with the English system and to provide all students with an organisational base for research
  • study visits to schools and colleges in other parts of the country
  • the opportunity to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds to develop a community of practice that we will encourage to continue beyond the end of the MBA programme
  • residential weekends for intensive group study and masterclasses with leading practitioners and scholars.

The programme is aimed at education sector professionals, these can be teachers, lecturers, heads, principals, office/business managers, specialists or other managers who are looking to enhance their qualifications and knowledge base. This often includes those who have been given, or are going to be given, responsibility for other staff and often for budgets too. This MBA is specially aimed at those with leadership and managerial roles within education.

The programme is comprised of the following modules, these being:


This module aims to provide you with an understanding of strategic concepts and in particular the importance of sustainable and competitive advantage in driving future strategy. The impact of the business environment and internal resources of organisations on strategic planning and choice will be critically examined in the context of achieving pragmatic strategic change.

Business Planning

This module introduces a range of analytical techniques to enable you to analyse and evaluate financial strategy and its alignment with corporate objectives, to critically appraise projects using a range of techniques and to evaluate risk and techniques for effective management. You will work in teams to develop business plans as part of their assessment.

Leading and Managing Change

This module will look at the practice and theory of leading and managing change and enable you to conduct research into a specific change within your area of interest.

Learning from Good Leadership and Management Practice

This module will look at practice such as Project Management, Supervision, Evidence-Based Practice, Well-Being and others and you are expected to look at good practice and investigate its applicability to education.

Marketing and Service Management

The aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the theory and application of marketing and service management relevant to three distinct economic sectors, namely public, private and the not-for-profit.

Inclusive Leadership and Management of Learning and Teaching

The module will support you in developing inclusive policy and practice in your own unique and complex professional situations, through action research involving action planning, data gathering and analysis and systematic problem-solving to support change. It will do this with a particular emphasis on business processes.

Research and Critical Enquiry Methods

This module will help you develop skills of research, critical enquiry and evaluation of a range of data including prior research and policy. Understanding and applying different approaches to conducting research and analysing data will be a key foundation for the course.

The Dissertation

The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to analyse organisational structures, systems, processes and behaviour and subsequently make appropriate and costed recommendations for implementation of change, in order to improve business, management and/or service performance within a school, college, university of other educational organisation.

Depending on your route (part-time or full-­time) the modules will be delivered across three terms in one year or two years. Six months will be allocated for completing the dissertation.

What will you gain from it?

Throughout the programme we place particular emphasis on:

  • Practical application in the business world
  • Interactive learning
  • Team and project-based activities
  • Personal development

Embarking on an MBA sends a clear message to current and prospective employers that you are strongly motivated to succeed and committed to your future career.

As well as taking forward your professional development and enhancing your professional practice, business and leadership skills, you will develop a rich understanding of existing and innovative practice in your chosen field. Additionally, you will become knowledgeable and skilled in relation to bringing about change and organisational improvement.

As well as enhancing your professional practice, managerial, business and leadership skills, you will develop a deeper understanding of existing and innovative practice in your chosen field.

The programme contains a mixture of lectures, IT informed learning, group discussion, case studies, experiential learning, project work, individual practical projects, leadership walks and organised visits to other organisations.

Progress is assessed on an on­going basis, through assessments including written reports, group and individual presentations, and on­line submissions.

In total 180 Level 7 credits are required for the MBA, this includes the final dissertation.

Assessment is via coursework.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £13,455 £13,455
Part-time £13,455 £13,455

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Tel: 01227 863598

For general information for international students about studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, contact:

International Office 
Canterbury Christ Church University 
CT1 1QU 
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1227 782222


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time (completion of the thought elements) 2 ½ year part-time


  • September/October

Typical contact hours per week

  • The modules are delivered on 3 block of Fridays and Saturday (10-4) each term. Full-time students will attend two modules (6 weekends) per term. Part-time students will attend one module (3 weekends) per term.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must normally provide evidence of a good honours degree in any subject (i.e. a 1st class honours or a 2.1 honours degree), managerial or professional experience in an education context.

    Additionally, overseas students, in line with normal University procedures, must demonstrate:

    a) entry qualifications equivalent to those above; and

    b) an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other bands, or an equivalent score in an approved English Language test.



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