Starting in January 2019, this tailored programme is perfect for anyone interested in co‑operative approaches to education and will equip you with the skills to become an educational leader capable of inspiring others.

Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) this MA focuses on the transformative possibilities of values based co-operative education. Delivered by experts from MMU and our own learning and development team, you will study theories of leadership and management and the complex ways in which they relate to their own contexts.

You will also critically analyse current models relating to organisational culture, managing people and the impact of leadership on school improvement.

What support will I receive?

You will join an lively, supportive and active learning community focused meeting your needs as a student.You will receive tutorial support between sessions, including a number of one to one and group online meetings with your tutors and peers. This will utilise the latest zoom technology to ensure you have the best experience possible.

What is the course content?

You'll find further information on content, dates and cost per module below

Year one

Unit 1. Mapping the Territory (30 credits)

This unit critically explores Educational Leadership theory and practice. You will look at the ways these inter-relate with an emphasis on exploring, analysing and reflecting on leadership and management theory.

Key dates

Saturday 19th January 10:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 6th March 13:30 - 17:00

Saturday 11th May 10:00 - 16:00

Assignment hand in – early June

Unit 2. Research and Practice (30 credits)

This unit involves developing a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. You will examine different approaches to conducting research, their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge, as well as exploring the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process. You will produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate your understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.

Key dates

Saturday 15th June 10:00 - 16:00 

Wednesday 17th July 13:30 - 17:00

Saturday 14th September 10:00 - 16:00

Assignment hand in October 2019


Each unit costs £1017, with a total cost of £2034 for year one

Year 2

Following successful completion of Year One, students will progress through to Year Two where you will study two further units. These are as follows:

Unit 1. Specialist Supported Project (30 credits)

In this unit you will undertake a project that has particular relevance to your professional practice. You will identify and explore significant educational leadership and management themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for your project, and use appropriate approaches, tools and methods. Projects might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases enable you to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation.

Unit 2. Shaping the Future (30 credits)

This unit asks you to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within your own practice. You will think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge of the field to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations.  You will also explore transformational and ethical leadership and professional identities in educational leadership.

Key dates

Year two will begin in October 2019, with exact dates yet to be finalised. An outline is provided below

Specialist Supported Project  October 2019 - February 2020

Shaping the Future February 2020 - June 2020


Each unit costs £1667, with a total cost of £3,334 for year two

Dissertation (60 credits)

This final unit will begin in October 2020 with an anticipated deadline of summer 2021. Exact dates are yet to be finalised.

It is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. You will finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the project. Whilst doing the project you will be offered tutorial support, which constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching your academic experience and improving the quality of your final dissertation.


The cost of this final dissertation unit is £2500.

Overall cost for the whole qualification

The cost to complete the whole qualification is £7868.

Questions and how to apply

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Cilla Ross, Vice Principal, Co-operative College, via [email protected]

To apply, download the application form by clicking the button below. The simply send your completed application through to the Direct Admissions Team at Manchester Metropolitan University via [email protected]

The closing date for applications is midday on the 23 November

Download an application form

Once we have received your application we will inform you of our decision in respect of your application before the end of November 2018.