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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 through all phases of schooling and other educational contexts, and at all stages of their careers. This includes school administrators, business managers, finance officers, librarians, data managers and ICT managers.

The programme enables middle and senior leaders (and aspiring 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.

The degree helps schools to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning and has potential for high impact on school improvement.

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.

In addition to being delivered at the university and as a distance programme, it's also taught at school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools.

This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own context. 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.

Teaching methods

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

Saturday Schools 2018-20

This programme will be taught at St Mary’s on Saturdays (approximately monthly) from 10am to 3pm, commencing in late September 2018. For further details please contact

Assessment methods

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

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.

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
  • Critical Issues in Inclusion Practice Optional
  • Dyslexia in the Classroom Optional
  • Emotional Intelligence in Teaching and Learning Optional
  • Innovation to enhance Mathematical Learning Optional
  • Leading and Managing Teams Optional
  • Organisational Culture Optional
  • Pedagogy and Learning in Physical Education and Sport: Theory through Reflective Research Optional
  • The Purpose and Value of Science Education Optional
  • The Values and Virtues of Religious Education Optional
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

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.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

2019/20 fees

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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.


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

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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

  1. 'How to support newly qualified teachers in a cross-phase school.'
  2. 'What are the practical implications of progress monitoring at Key Stage 5? An investigation into staff approaches to and utilisation of the ALPS method of progress monitoring.'
  3. 'The role and perception of Continued Professional Development within teaching.'
  4. 'What are the attitudes to and experience of SIMS (School Information System) within a secondary school?'
  5. 'Developing positive attitudes to mathematics in a primary school.'
  6. 'Schools: Engines for growth: Exploring the role of school leadership in developing people.'
  7. 'An investigation into the impact 'setting by ability' has on children's learning outcomes.'
  8. 'How can I improve my practice as team leader?'
  9. 'How do we best engage nursery pupils in Forest Education.'
  10. 'Making Year 7 spell-bound: using explicit methods of teaching spelling.'