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Dr Mary Mihovilovic
Dr Mary Mihovilovic

Programme Director - Master's in Education
020 8240 4332

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Our Education: Leading Innovation and Change master's degree aims to develop evidence-based, innovative educational practice.

Why study Education: Leading Innovation and Change?

This well-established master's degree is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education professionals in all phases of schooling and other educational contexts, and at all stages of their careers. This includes school administrators, chaplains, business managers, finance officers, librarians, data managers and IT managers.

The programme enables current and aspiring middle and senior leaders to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership, whilst developing scholarly knowledge and linking theory with practice.

You'll have the opportunity to explore an area of interest and relevance to your professional role as you undertake a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-based innovation.

Why St Mary's?

Building on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education, we provide a flexible approach to this professional master’s degree.

The MA Leading Innovation and Change is delivered at the university and as a distance programme, you can attend monthly Saturday Schools at St Mary’s or via video conferencing.

It is also taught at school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools, including Academy Trusts and Teaching Alliances, helping them to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning and has the potential for high impact on school improvement. This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own contexts. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet your needs.

The success of this degree lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. You will apply your learning to practical situations within you own school, using your knowledge to drive effective change, whilst critically engaging with contemporary educational debates.

You will have access to excellent online learning resources as well as a dedicated library for Education students, the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

You will work with MA tutors who have experience in teaching, management and leadership as well as research and consultancy.

Key facts

  • Enables schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture.
  • You can apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using their knowledge to drive effective change.
  • You can participate in this programme in school hubs, at St Mary's University and through the blended or online options.
  • The degree is designed to facilitate reflection and enquiry into practice amongst teachers and other education professionals.
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content

The degree consists of five modules, with a choice of specialist modules allowing students to focus on an area of interest.


  • Academic Paper and Conference Presentation  Core
  • Change Agency and Strategy: From Research to Policy Core
  • Leadership and Professional Attributes Core
  • Research Methods for Project Inquiry Core
  • Addressing Literacy Across the Curriculum Optional
  • Dyslexia in the Classroom Optional
  • Emotional Intelligence in Teaching and Learning Optional
  • Inclusive Practice Optional
  • Innovation to Enhance Mathematical Learning Optional
  • Leading and Managing Teams Optional
  • Organisational Culture Optional
  • Pedagogical Issues in Practice Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Religious Education Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Science Education Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

This master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is evident from the high proportion of graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior educational leadership positions.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials.

Assessment methods

The degree is assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, reflective journals and both seminar and conference presentations.

Saturday Schools

This programme will be taught at St Mary’s on Saturdays (approximately monthly) from 10am to 3pm, commencing in late September. 

Please contact for further details.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,490
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £6,240
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


As part of the 3forRE scheme, RE teachers, specialist or non-specialist in primary or secondary education, wishing to pursue postgraduate study through the MA Education: Leading Innovation and Change programme may be eligible for Culham St Gabriel’s grant. The funding available is £1,700 a year and more details can be found on the Culham St Gabriel’s website

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  • What are pupils’ experiences of mental health and wellbeing during examination periods and how can school X meet their needs?
  • How does a Catholic school live out its preferential option for the poor?
  • How can debating impact on students’ argumentative and evaluative writing skills in English?
  • How can newly qualified teachers in a secondary school be retained beyond their second year?
  • How do teachers perceive school-based Continued Professional Development?
  • Developing positive attitudes to mathematics in a primary school.
  • Schools: Engines for growth: Exploring the role of school leadership in developing people.
  • An investigation into the impact 'setting by ability' has on children's learning outcomes
  • How can I improve my practice as team leader?
  • How do we best engage nursery pupils in Forest Education?