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MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management

The dissertation or professional project builds on your previous learning from Stages 1 and 2 by extending your repertoire of skills in empirical research design. It offers you the opportunity to carry out a professional project in your workplace (or approved setting) that contributes to organisational development and/or effectiveness or conduct a small scale empirical study in an area of interest to you. The topic is chosen in consultation with your tutor, and must be within the practical scope of the degree programme. On completion, students will be in a position to progress to EdD programmes.

Qualifications

EE813 is a compulsory module in our:

Postgraduate Loans

If you study this module as part of an eligible qualification, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan. For more information, see Fees and funding.

Module

Module code
EE813
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level

Across the UK, there are two parallel frameworks for higher education qualifications, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). These define a hierarchy of levels and describe the achievement expected at each level. The information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to these frameworks.

OU Postgraduate
SCQF 11
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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Entry requirements

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What you will study

You will be given the opportunity to explore the full repertoire of a small-scale investigation at your workplace or a relevant setting. Therefore you will need access to an educational setting that can be linked to your study in order to collect data for your dissertation.

The nature of the final dissertation will be as follows;

  • Planning, conducting and reporting on a small-scale investigation within a professional setting to develop, or enhance the understanding of, practice within that setting.
or 
  • Focus on the critical analysis of an extended project that contributes to personal and organisation development. This will require generating and analysing data as well as critically reflecting on what evidence means.

In both cases you will be expected to provide a thorough and critical review of literature relating to the area under investigation. Full ethics clearance will be required as well.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email and tutorials. Tutorials are offered via online meeting rooms and support is also facilitated asynchronously in tutor group forums.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Course work includes

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management (EE813) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2023.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    Educational leadership: exploring strategy (EE812) – you must have:

    • started in February 2018 and still be studying, or
    • started in October 2017 and be waiting for your result, or
    • started in February 2017 and be waiting for your resubmission result, or
    • started in February 2017 (or earlier) and passed.

    You need to be able to spend approximately 12-15 hours per week on studying for this module.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    06 Oct 2018 Oct 2019 £2040.00

    Registration closes 20/09/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2023.

    Future availability

    MA Ed dissertation: leadership and management (EE813) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2023.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Ways to pay

    We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay.

    That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a range of flexible payment and funding options. To find out more see Fees and funding.

    Study materials

    What's included

    All study materials are provided on the module website.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.