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Our Master's degree in Primary Science Leadership is designed to enable practising science leaders and teachers - both specialist and non-specialist - in the primary sector to develop research-informed practice. 

  • Advance your professional skills and expertise in through the development of a research culture.
  • Apply your learning to practical situations within your own schools, using your knowledge to drive effective change.
  • Study this degree in person at St Mary's University or through the blended or online options.
  • Access to excellent tutorial and supervisory support.

Why study Education: Primary Science Leadership?

This degree is designed for anyone involved in the leadership of primary science. It will support you as you develop your ability to reflect critically on the leadership of the primary science curriculum and learning.

The focus throughout the degree is on developing your understanding of the curriculum and leadership as a reflective practitioner. You’ll also gain knowledge of research methodologies by conducting a small-scale enquiry a specific issue you have an interest in.

Your research should lead you to evidence-informed innovation that will further your understanding of yours and your school's teaching practice.

Why St Mary's?

We have a historic tradition of excellence in teacher education. This degree builds upon that and succeeds through its flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching.

The team of tutors and lecturers that you'll be working with have backgrounds in teaching, management and leadership. They also have a wealth of experience in research and consultancy.

Primary Science Leadership is taught at the University and as a distance learning programme. You can choose to attend the monthly Saturday Schools either at St Mary’s or via video conferencing.

You'll apply your learning to practical situations within your own school and use your knowledge to drive effective change. The degree will also enable you to critically engage with the latest debates related to education.

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

Education degrees in London

This degree is one pathway from within our Education Master's programme, which includes:

Education degrees in Edinburgh

We also offer three of our Education postgraduate degree pathways in Edinburgh:

Subject talk and online open day experience

We've put together a bespoke virtual open day for anyone interested in studying Education: Primary Science Leadership at St Mary's.

Upcoming webinars

We'll be running webinars for you to find out more about Education: Primary Science Leadership on the following dates:

Course lead

Matthew Dell headshotMatthew Dell
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

You will normally be expected to possess a good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification approved by the University.

Additional requirement information

Experience of working in an educational setting or a relevant professional interest is also required.

Accredited prior learning

Applicants with up to 90 Level 7 credits (for example from a PGCE, National Professional Qualification or National SENCo Award) are eligible to apply for exemption from up to three modules.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This Master's programme supports your long-term career development. This is evident from the high proportion of MA Education graduates who achieve internal or external promotion to middle and senior leadership positions within Primary Science or an educational establishment within one year of completing the programme

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue doctoral studies on either a Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Education) or a PhD.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education: Primary Science Leadership students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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

Modules are taught either at St Mary’s through intensive Saturday Schools (approximately monthly) or study days in school holidays or fortnightly twilight sessions.

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through a variety of methods:

  • Reflective journals
  • Research proposals
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios
  • Seminar and conference presentations.

Modes of study

You can choose to attend monthly Saturday schools at our London campus or via video conferencing as a distance learning student. Saturday schools run between 10am-3pm.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2022

  • Home: £6,989
  • International: £14,550

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course.< 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. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

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.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

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

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

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