Why study Catholic School Leadership?

This highly regarded postgraduate degree will be of interest to all who hold or are aiming for leadership positions in Catholic schools and colleges.

About one-third of the 150-plus students are senior leaders - headteachers and college principals; deputies and assistant heads. The other two-thirds are subject or pastoral leaders, primary curriculum coordinators, classroom leaders or aspiring school leaders.

All are welcome and will enjoy participating. Securing quality leaders committed to modelling leadership on Christ constitutes one of the key challenges for Catholic and indeed all Christian schools.

This course aims to promote a vision that sees the maintenance of a balance between school improvement and Catholic distinctiveness as a feature of the mission of schools and colleges.

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Apply now to study at St Mary's in 2016. Applications close on Sunday 31st July.

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Contact the Programme Director, John Lydon, for a more in-depth discussion about the course.

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Postgraduate Government Loans

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Postgraduate students under the age of 60 are eligible for a government-funded loan of up to £10,000.

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Why St Mary's?

Several students have cited the flexibility of this degree as a particular advantage since it is possible to complete the programme within one to five years.

The variety of modes of delivery, including blended and full-distance, also makes the programme especially attractive. The combination of personalised learning and tutorial support - together with the excellent reading materials and online resources - is noted by students as distinctive.

The course helps students understand the core aims and values of a Catholic school while encouraging them to reflect upon the reality of practice within their schools.

To request a copy of the MA Catholic School Leadership information pack please complete the online enquiry form.

Mode of Study: Full-time (One year) or Part-time (Two or three years)
Also Available As: Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate

A Student View

"The course is very accessible - well organised module booklets make it easy to dip in and out - essential for any busy teacher."


The deadline for postgraduate applications for 2016 entry is Sunday 31st July.
In some instances we may be able to accept applications after this date.