MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First)

Year of entry

Teach First participants can achieve this MA in just 2 years part-time.

The MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First) is for Teach First participants who occupy or aspire to a leadership and management position at any level in an education context.

It is particuarly relevant to middle (pivotal) and senior leaders and managers, but since leadership and management issues affect everyone in education, you would also benefit if you are not in such a formal role.

This Masters is 2 years part­-time with the first 60 credits being imported on to the MA.

The course enables 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.

Year 1

Module 1 – Independent Self Study

This module is based on the work within the Teach First Leadership Development Programme strands: Leading Learning, Leading People and Leading Self. The module assessment has two components.

Making the links:

Led by Christ Church tutors, you willl consider the following dimensions to the Masters programme, and in particular, the implications for Module 1 from the Leadership Development Programme:

  • Reading and writing at Masters level with a view to creating frameworks for the two assignments
  • Critical reading for self­-critical writing
  • Finding a focus
  • Studying independently
  • Time management.

In addition to tutor­-led teaching, Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will be established. These will provide intensive, supportive critical perspectives to enhance professional development and leadership throughout the course, and will be employed in Module 1 to make the links between the Leadership Development Programme, the PGCE and the Independent Study.

Module 2 – Transformational Leadership for Communities and Schools

Making the links:

Drawing upon learning from the PGCE, the Leadership Development Programme and the work underway on the Independent Study, you will be supported in engaging critically with the following themes:

  • Leading and managing change for improvement
  • Theories and practice of transformational leadership at school and community level
  • Leadership challenges in the context of Kent and Medway
  • Leading and managing effective teams to make a difference to schools and communities
  • Understanding the impact of socio­economic factors on learning.

Year 2

Module 3 – Research Methods

Tutors will lead the research methods course, supporting you in enhancing your skills of review, analysis, critical reflection, interrogation and critical interpretation of data. Reflexivity will be revisited and positionality introduced in this module.

Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will provide the structure for you to co­construct your research proposals using frameworks provided within the module and to articulate them for approval.

Module 4 – Dissertation (15,000 – 18,000 words)

You will be supported in researching and writing your dissertation in different ways:

  • One-to-one support from a University supervisor
  • Support in Critical Friendship groups through the VLE

In addition, you are invited to attend the postgraduate writing weekends. These well-established weekends are optional and provide you with a supportive space within which to think, discuss and write, making intensive use of University library facilities with tutor guidance and peer support.

Termly postgraduate conferences enable you to engage in discussion and share learning with other practitioner researchers; this includes conferences focusing specifically on research and writing along with a range of themes in education, learning and leadership.


2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Part-time £2,100 N/A

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

There will not be an annual inflationary increase for this course except where a student should take a break from studying the course for a period of one or more academic years.

Students remain on the fee structure which was in place for each stage of this course when they commenced their studies, unless they have taken a break for a period of one or more academic years.

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.

Assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the MA, please contact us:

Email:  masters.education@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: 01227 767700 ext. 3263

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years part-time (Teach First participants)

Entry requirements

  • Teach First participants are invited to join the 2 year course.


  • Other


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