MA Transformational Leadership

Year of entry

This course seeks to support you in achieving your career goals in education management by helping you to join and make sense of three often separate worlds:

  • Research and theory
  • Policy – international, national, local and institutional
  • Your own practice and ideas.
The MA Transformational Leadership is for all graduates who occupy or aspire to a leadership and management position at any level within educational contexts. Middle (‘pivotal’) and senior leaders and managers are most welcome but since leadership and management affect all in education, the course would benefit you if you are not in such a formal role.

The course comprises six modules each worth 20 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, (making a total of 180 credits for the full MA).

You will study the following over the first two years:

  • Professional values and contexts
  • Transformational leadership for communities and schools
  • Transformational leadership: international perspectives
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Learning from good practice in leadership
  • Leading the professional development of others
  • Evaluation and research methods and dissertation.


Notice of postgraduate taught tuition fees increase for 2019

The University has recently undertaken a review of its tuition fees and from 1 May 2019 the UK/EU tuition fees for this course will be increasing for new students starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

Complete and submit your application by 23:59 on 30 April to take advantage of the current tuition fees. Any applications submitted after this date will be subject to the increased fees.

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EU (Applications received before 1 May 2019)UK/EU (Applications received on or after 1 May 2019)Overseas
Full-time  £6,780 £7,700 N/A
Part-time Certificate stage £2,215
Diploma stage £2,215
MA stage £2,350
Certificate stage £2,515
Diploma stage £2,515
MA stage £2,670

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

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

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.
All assessment is through written assignments and a dissertation.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you have recently gained Level 7 credits from previous study (for example as part of your PGCE) you can apply to bring these into the course to count against relevant modules (subject to university approval).

 You may also apply to bring credits if you have successfully completed professional development courses with NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) for example NPQH, or a middle leadership course within the last five years.

If you wish to apply to APL credits please complete an APL application form when you apply for a place on the  Transformational Leadership in order for your APL to be considered.

Download an APL application form here and return to

Applications for this course can be completed online .

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

The course can be delivered in a local venue, in school based groups or at one of our university campuses. Cohorts may start in September or January.


Tel: 01227 767700 ext 3263

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years part-time


  • September 2019 or January 2020

Typical contact hours per week

  • 78 Hours (6x 2 per week per university term during years 1 & 2 arranged in school term time, year 3 flexible arrangements to support dissertation research and writing.) Tutorials are by arrangement and there are optional weekend study opportunities on campus.

Entry requirements

  • You should have an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent level qualification, but we recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements yet have other appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case, you may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or portfolio to demonstrate your ability to work at Level 7.
  • You would normally need access to an educational setting for research, for which most people use their own place of work. Credits may be brought in from other universities and National College programmes can be used to gain Master's level credits.


  • Other


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