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What will I learn?

This programme is unique in that it is the only Catholic School Leadership master's programme offered currently in the UK, supporting specifically the distinctive leadership development for people at all levels of Catholic education, integrating a Catholic philosophy of education with the principles and practice of effective school leadership.

Why study Catholic School Leadership: Principles & Practice?

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 - head teachers 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.

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.

The programme can be completed in a minimum of one year (two semesters) full-time or two years (four semesters) part-time. The maximum allowed is five years (ten semesters), although you will normally be expected to complete the course within three academic years (six semesters). Students will also achieve exit awards PgDip and PgCert.

Career opportunities

The MA in Catholic School Leadership: Principles and Practice is the only postgraduate course of study available in the UK that specifically supports the distinctive leadership development needs of leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels and within all phases of Catholic education. NPQH is no longer a requirement for headship, so aspiring headteachers will find that this course offers the ideal alternative qualification.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Theology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,950.00 (US$ 19,200) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary's University,

Waldegrave Road,

Twickenham,

Hounslow,

TW1 4SX, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,950.00 (US$ 19,200) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

6 January 2022

Venue

Gillis Centre

100 Strathearn Rd,

Edinburgh,

EH9 1BB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have 3rd degree. The course is open to all who have a first degree and are committed to Catholic education. Applicants who have relevant experience of working in Catholic schools are also encouraged to apply. Students whose first Language is not English, they need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent). iBT TOEFL: 88 overall with 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 21 in speaking and 20 in writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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